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AccessU 2020 lets you bring the accessibility community to your desktop. It is dedicated to the memory of our friend and colleague Christopher Schmitt.

Online registration through May 12:

All times are Central Time.

May 13 and May 14 – the Talks

  • 8:30 am: Conference Registration, Welcome and Room Dedication to Christopher Schmitt
  • 9:00 am to noon: 40 minute talks from renowned accessibility experts followed by live Q&A.
  • Noon to 1:30 am: Break and networking opportunities via Slack and Zoom chat
  • 1:30 to 4:30 pm: 40 minute talks are continued

Networking Event

May 13th 5:00 to 6:00 pm: Happy Hour and Tribute to Christopher Schmitt

Costume optional Happy Hour with Zoom Room icebreakers and opportunity to meet attendees, speakers, and sponsors. Find out more information about the Happy Hour.

May 13 and May 14 – the TalksMay 19 and May 20 – the Training

Classes are offered over two days in four rooms. Each room has a featured topic although there is some topic overlap. Classes run from 9:00 am to noon and from 1:30 to 4:40 pm.

Keynote talks by Jamie Knight and Chancey Fleet (sponsored by WebAIM) are during the break.


Ana Sisnett Room

sponsored by Pearson
Featured topic: Education and Gaming
Moderator: Jessica Looney, Jan McSorley

Bill Cahill Room

sponsored by codemantra
Featured topic: Business and Content
Moderator: Mike Paciello

Jim Thatcher Room

sponsored by
Featured Topic: Coding and Testing
Moderator: Rich Schwerdtfeger

Christopher Schmitt Room

sponsored by MonkeeBoy
Featured topic: UX and Design
Moderator: Jayne Schurick

John Slatin Room

sponsored by WebAim
Featured topic: Keynotes

Keynote Presentation

May 19th / 12:30 – 1:15

Introduced by Molly Holzschlag.

Jamie Knight

Jamie and Lion are an autistic duo who live in Romford. They are not very good at writing third party bios and are a bit shy. If asked they would tell you about their work. Almost 10 years at the BBC working on everything from iPlayer Radio to children’s gaming. Jamie Knight’s current job title is “senior research engineer” within the digital accessibility team. Jamie’s research focus is VR accessibility looking at navigation, interaction, narrative and facilitation.

May 20th / 12:30 – 1:15
Chancey Fleet

Chancy Fleet is the accessibility technology coordinator at the New York Public Library’s Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library. In 2017, she was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. She’s also president of the Tech Trainers Division of the National Federation of the Blind.

Networking Event

May 19th 4:45 to 6:00pm: Game Night!

Compete for prizes and meet new people.

AccessU+ attendees also are able to attend workshops delivered monthly throughout the rest of 2020.


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