Accessibility Summit 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 9:30am to 5:30pm

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 captioning, how different screen readers handle HTML5 and ARIA, integrating accessibility across multiple devices, how people with disabilities access the web and more.

Accessibility Summit

Thanks to the generous support and partnership from the University of Michigan Office of Institutional Equity and an anonymous sponsor, MI UPA will host the Environments for Humans Accessibility Summit at no cost for those who attend at our meeting room location in Ann Arbor.

Speaker Schedule (as of September 4, 2011)

Lunch at 2pm (one hour)

  • 3:00pm – Glenda Sims: Captioning Strategy
  • 4:00pm – Henny Swan: Integrating Accessibility Across Devices
  • 5:00pm – Matt May: Watch Your Language
  • * 6:00pm – Derek Featherstone: Everything I Know about Accessibility I Learned from Star Wars


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

Cost and Registration

There is no cost to attend the conference at our MI UPA event, but:

  • The conference will be viewed in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If you’re not able to come to Ann Arbor, you will need to purchase your own ticket from Environments for Humans.
  • Pre-registration is required.
  • First-come, first served. There will be no waiting list.
  • Register online via Guestlist

Note: If you want free wifi for the event, you must email secretary {at} michiganupa {dot} org by September 20. (University of Michigan people don’t need to request wifi, as your uniqnames and passwords will allow you access.) Any requests received after September 20 will not be filled.

Additional Information

  • Arrive before 10:00am 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.
  • Free continental breakfast will be served before the conference begins.
  • * Since an evening event is scheduled in the venue, we will need to vacate the room by 5:30pm

While the conference is free, those attending will need to arrange for their own lunch (one 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 secretary {at} michiganupa {dot} org.

UPA 2011 Conference

UPA 2011, the annual Usability Professionals’ Association conference, was in Atlanta this year. It was well attended and full of excellent presentations and workshops, including a short talk from our current Michigan UPA president, Mike Beasley.

He spoke at one of the three Ignite sessions, which consisted of five-minute talks on a variety of subjects. Mike chose to speak on “What User Experience Professionals Can Learn From Cats.” It was a well-received presentation, although it was unclear whether it was because the advice was sound or because of the cat pictures.

Agile and Beyond Conference

Thanks to our partnership and support, MIUPA members have been offered a discount to attend the second Agile and Beyond Conference, to be held March 12, 2011 at the Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan.

Agile and Beyond Conference

Mary Poppendieck, noted author on lean software development, is the morning keynote speaker and David Hussman, well-known Agile Coach, provides the closing keynote address.

The conference features breakout sessions, lunch and workshops featuring regional experts on a variety of relevant topics. In addition, Tom Kubit will facilitate Open Space meetings throughout the day for impromptu discussion. The conference wraps up with a panel discussion featuring Poppendieck and Hussman.

Check out the complete list of conference presenters andsessions. Register before January 31 for a significant discount. Use the discount code “MiUPA” when you register (note: the discount code is case-sensitive).

This looks to be a great event! It’s not often we have conferences of this type that are held locally.

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.

Internet User Experience 2010 Conference

July 24- 29, 2010

Ann Arbor, MI

The MIUPA is proud to co-sponsor the 6th annual Internet User Experience conference. This conference has grown every year and has now captured international attention. Come and participate as world-reknowned speakers and trainers cover aspects of web site design and strategy, including usability, marketing, branding, social media, mobile web, and more. Tutorials will be offered on usability testing, storyboarding, focus groups, personas, accessibility, and more.
Here are a few highlights: