Choosing Accessible Conferencing and Chat Platforms

Keith Wessel and Dena Strong, University of Illinois

Friday November 6, 2020 at 3:00 PM ET. Join via Zoom:

Abstract: In the era of dramatically increased teleconferencing and remote work, video conferencing and chat tools are more important than ever. However, not all platforms are created equal, especially when it comes to accessibility. Join Keith Wessel and Dena Strong for analysis of several popular tools such as Zoom, Slack, Skype for Business, Teams, and others. Keith will demonstrate how users of assistive technology experience these interfaces, and we will discuss the University of Illinois's accessibility assessments and comparisons of these platforms.

Keith Wessel is a member of the Identity and Access Management team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He's been working in this space since 2002. Keith is also blind and uses assistive technology on a daily basis to perform his job functions. He's often consulted for "rubber meets the road" advice on the accessibility of various technologies.

Dena Strong (MLIS) is a senior information design specialist and member of the Web Hosting team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. With over 20 years of experience in web interface design principles, usability and accessibility assessments, she has some tips and tricks for making basic accessibility assessments easier for everyone to perform.