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Wait... It's That Easy? Using Built-In Accessibility Features on Everyday Devices

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Are you working with students who need quick access to text-to-speech or speech-to-text, but don't have time for extensive training? Would you rather use built-in technology students already have access to on their personal devices for access, instead of purchasing standalone third-party software? If you've answered “Yes!” to these questions, this session is for you! We will explore the accessibility features built directly into technology such as your phones, tablets, and other personal computing devices. We will also discuss specific accessibility features available in the applications commonly used and cover leveraging virtual assistants and other technologies to facilitate and evaluate access digitally. Understanding built-in accessibility features available to ALL students helps advance universal design across campus and benefits everyone.


  • Dan Darkow

    Dan Darkow received his BS degree in management information systems from Wright State University and MS in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University. His experience includes working in residence life and serving disabled students in the field of disability services. Ensuring disability access and inclusion is at the forefront of his personal and professional lives. He views disability as a powerful identity and recognizes the sociopolitical nature of claiming disability. Dan values his connection with disabled and non-disabled students, faculty, and staff and actively works to create a culture of access. He is currently Director of Cleveland State's disability and testing services and adjunct instructor in the disability studies program at Miami University. Outside of work, Dan serves on the board of directors for a nonprofit called NMD United, a peer-led organization supporting adults living with neuromuscular disabilities. His research interests include disability access and disclosure, assistive technology, accommodation usage, and the experiences of disability services professionals and disabled college students.

  • Sean Poley

    Sean Poley serves as the Director of Accessible Technology and coordinates Miami’s accessible technology efforts and works closely with constituents across the University to ensure that accessible technology is seamlessly integrated to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff. Central to his mission is a focus on training and outreach, with special emphasis on bringing all interested parties to the table to raise awareness and improve accessibility throughout Miami. He holds a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State and a master's degree in Social Work from the Hunter College School of Social Work. He is a veteran of both the U.S. Air Force and the PA Air National Guard.

October 25, 2023
Wed 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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