The Accessibility of Things (Workshop)

Workshop hosted by DIR. Seating is limited. Presented by Microassist.

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Location & Hours

Start Time:
Oct 11 2016
8:30 AM
End Time:
Oct 11 2016
11:30 AM
Phone: 512-475-4700 Email:

​The Accessibility of Things

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | 8:30 - 11:30 | Free

A free workshop hosted by DIR

The movement into the digital world has provided the public and private sectors with opportunities to disseminate information and services with the proverbial click of a button.  Nowhere is this more visible than in Texas government, which produces web-based content, document-based content, elearning modules, mobile apps, etc. for internal and public dissemination of information and services.  Consumers of these assets also use a dizzying array of devices to perceive and access them. 

ln this interactive session, we will explore basic accessibility concepts that universally apply across web pages, Microsoft Word documents, PDF documents and elearning and learn how these assets are perceived on various devices.  The intent of this session is to provide a foundation of understanding about accessibility that you can leverage as your agency builds, procures and interacts with today’s tools.  While not required, we encourage you to bring your own device such as an iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

See the workshop outline at the bottom of this page.



  • EIRACs  Electronic Information Resources (EIR) Accessibility Coordinators (AC)
  • Content Creators (Web, Word, PDF, Mobile)
  • IT Managers

Because this is a free workshop with limited seating, the following restrictions apply:

  1. Initial registration is for state agency staff (inclusive of higher education).  Members from other levels of government may register and will be held on waitlist until October 1. DIR will confirm them if space is available.
  2. The intent is to benefit multiple organizations. It may be necessary to limit seating if a large block registers from one agency.


Register here

This event is free; however, pre-registration is required. PLEASE return to the form and notify DIR if your plans change.  See restriction notes under Audience section.


Commons Learning Center within J.J. Pickle Research Campus
10100 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78758
Southwest corner of Burnet Road and Braker Lane

DIR will email confirmed registrants a parking pass before the event.


Mid-morning break refreshments are included.


The event will provide 2.5 contact hours of general continuing education credit (2.5 CPEs for Texas IRMs).


If you have questions, please e-mail Joy Hall Bryant.

For special accommodation needs or other assistance, please notify DIR at least one week in advance to allow time for an appropriate solution.

Course Outline

Very Brief Introduction (Why)

  • 1 TAC 206, and 1 TAC 213
  • Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • Department of Justice (DOJ), Title II

Common Constructs Break-down

  • Navigation Elements
  • Content Elements
  • Assistive Technology (AT) Perception
  • Breaking Down a Web Page

Round 1: Web Page vs. Documents

  • Common Structures
    • Navigation Elements
    • Content Elements
  • PDF, Word Commonalities
  • Assistive Technology (AT) Perception
  • Selecting the Right Experience
  • Exercise

Round 2: Desktop vs. Mobile

  • Common Structures
    • Navigation Elements
    • Content Elements
  • Platform Assistive Technologies (AT) Perception
    • Desktop
    • Table
    • Mobile
    • Bring Your Own Device Exercise

Round 3: The Internet of Things

Resourcs and Next Steps


Hiram Kuykendall is the chief technology officer for Microassist, an Austin, Texas-based learning, development, and accessibility consulting firm.  He has more than 20 years of experience in custom application development and over 10 years of accessibility remediation for custom application development, elearning, and instructor-led training.