Accessibility Summit Conference

Thursday, September 30, 2010, 9:00am to 5pm

University of Michigan Union, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Join us for a full-day online conference with experts on web accessibility, presented by Environments for Humans. Learn strategies for universal design, mobile accessibility, how people with disabilities access the web, accessibility testing and more.

With the generous support and partnership from the University of Michigan Office of Institutional Equity and an anonymous sponsor, we will host the Environments for Humans Accessibility Summit at no cost for those who attend.

Speaker Schedule (as of September 10, 2010)

Lunch at 1pm (only 1/2 hour)


University of Michigan Union (map)
Anderson Room
530 S. State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1308

Cost and Registration

There is no cost to attend the conference. but registration is required. Attendees registered online via Guestlist.

Sold out

We have filled all our seats for hosting the Accessibility Summit at the Michigan Union. If you are interested in the Accessibility Summit conference, purchase tickets to view the conference as an individual or group at the Environments for Humans website.

Additional Information

  • Arrive before 9:00am since the session begins promptly.
  • The online conference will be presented via the Internet via Adobe Connect and will be viewed via a projector.
  • Attendees don’t need to bring their laptops, except for note taking.
  • The conference room will only have wireless Internet available to those with University of Michigan access.

While the conference is free, those attending will need to arrange for their own lunch (half-hour lunch break). Lunch is available from several restaurants in the Michigan Union as well as local Ann Arbor restaurants within walking distance.

Questions? Email events {at} miupa dot org.

Submission Reviewers Needed for UPA 2011 Conference

It’s time to start planning for the UPA 20th International Conference which will be hosted in Atlanta, GA, USA June 20-24, 2011.

The 20th annual theme is Designing for Social Change. Join us… there is no better way to communicate what Designing for Social Change means to you than by connecting with peers, or by sharing your knowledge, ideas & experiences.

Call for Submission Reviewers

Have ideas for what content you would like to have as part of your UPA2011 conference experience? Sign up to be a submission reviewer and help select the very best content by reviewing proposals in October 2010.

  • Help decide UPA2011 content
  • Learn exciting breakthroughs and innovations first
  • Gain experience by reviewing for a professional conference

To become a reviewer, submit your application by September 1, 2010.

Questions? Contact UPA2011 Conference Director, Nicole Tafoya at conf2011 at usabilityprofessionals dot org.

Holistic Usability: Making Stone Soup for Stakeholders and Clients

Tuesday June 22, 2010, 6pm to 8pm

Quicken Loans in Livonia, Michigan

What things do you create that allow people to make connections and share experiences?

As UX professionals, we are often the champion of the end-user. Whether an IA, an IXD, or a usability specialist, our main goal is to create good experiences surrounding products.

But our products are more than just interfaces, designs, software, or widgets; they are reports, personas, presentations, recommendations, and a myriad of other deliverables that we created for the people who commissioned our work: clients and stakeholders.

The UX skills we employ every day in creating positive and memorable experiences for the end-user can be used on business stakeholders, software engineers, and clients of our services in order to:

  • increase investment
  • decrease productivity blocking
  • increase efficient information sharing, and ultimately
  • improve the end-user experience

Through the concepts of holism and corporate culture, this talk will present case studies that examine how UX techniques, methods, skills, and deliverables can be repurposed to create good experiences for all people who come into contact with our work. (Christina’s talk is based on a workshop given at the 2010 UPA Conference in Munich, Germany in May 2010.)

Christina York is Manager of the User Experience Design group at ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization that provides ways of finding and accessing scholarly information online in the creation of new knowledge. She is passionate about all things usable, useful, and meaningful.

Christina has worked in the UX field for more than eight years and still loves what she does every day. Her favourite things are the UX community, horror films, beer, and Deeeetroit Basketball. Find Christina on Twitter (@UXtina) and in local brew pubs in Ann Arbor.


Quicken Loans
Puerto Rico Room – Third Floor
20255 Victor Parkway
Livonia, MI 48152 (map)


$5, Current students
$10, Michigan Usability Professionals’ Association members
$20, All others

Register online at Guestlist so we can ensure we have enough refreshments to go around. We’ll also take payment (cash or check) at the door. Questions? Email events {at} miupa dot org.


6:00pm, Networking and food
6:45pm, Announcements
7:00pm, Program begins

University of Michigan Human Factors Short Course

July 26 to July 31, 2010 and August 2 to August 6, 2010

The University of Michigan will be offering our 51st year of our two-week short course on human factors. If you are interested in human factors, ergonomics, human-computer interaction, or usability, this course will give you the opportunity to get some excellent training from experts in the field.

This two-week human factors course, concerns the design of systems, products and services to make them easier, safer and more effective for human use. The first week of the course focuses on human factors concepts and is a broad survey of human
factors topics important to designers and researchers.

Human-computer interaction is the focus for week two of the course and presents an overview of major topics and issues in human-computer interaction through workshops on selected concepts, methods, and procedures that provide the foundation for design of effective human-computer systems and web applications.

Details and registration for the Human Factors Engineering Training program are available online.