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A webinar is a class or conference which you can access on the web. You need a computer with a direct connection to the internet and computer speakers to hear the conference (or you can plan to use the provided real time captions). The speakers use online slides and audio to present on varies assistive technology (AT) topics.

We ask people to please register for the conferences in advance. We record the sessions and provide the archived recordings on our web page. If you are really interested in a topic, we encourage you to attend the live conference as there are rare times when the recording fails.

We use a the Adobe Connect system which enables you to see slides on your web browser and also hear the speaker through your computer speakers. We do not provide access through the telephone. During the class, you can use a public chat area to type in text comments and questions. The system we use can be accessed through the keyboard and is accessible to screen readers. We provide real time captioning for those who might be having problems with their computer speakers or who are hard of hearing.

Instructions

MATP's webinars are hosted in the Adobe Connect webinar platform, which is accessible with a variety of browsers and on mobile devices. If you’ve never used Adobe Connect, ensure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible experience:
http://www.adobe.com/go/meeting_test

This diagnostic test will ensure your computer and network connections are properly configured to provide you with the best possible experience. Please note: you will not be using a microphone for this webinar so that part of the test is not important.  If all tests pass successfully, you are ready to log in to your meeting. However, if you continue to experience problems, please refer to these troubleshooting tips.

To Join the Webinar

  1. Click or type in the URL for the webinar (This will be sent to the email address you provide when you register).
  2. Click the "Enter as Guest button" and type your name.
  3. Make sure popup blocking software is not blocking your meeting window.<

Listening to the Webinar

Audio for the webinar will be provided via the Internet. We do not have a call-in number. Please be sure your computer speakers or headset is working and your audio is turned up. If you have trouble with your audio, we are providing real time captioning at the bottom of the screen.

  • Use a wired connection instead of a wireless connection.
  • If you are having trouble with the connection or sound, it helps to shut down other programs which are accessing the internet, like email programs.

How to Use the Chat

You will not be able to using your microphone during the webinar. Please use the chat feature ("pod"). To send a message to everyone, simply type your message in the chat pod and hit enter or click the send icon. Please use the chat to comment and to ask questions.

In the upper right corner of the chat pod, there is a drop down menu. From here, you can increase the text size of the chat messages. You can change the color too, though it's best to use a darker color if you decide to change it, as it will be easier for others to read your messages.

Accessibility:

Real-time captioning (CART) will be provided. There will be area for captions at the bottom of the screen. In this area, there’s a menu bar with choices for text formatting. You have options for different background/text color combinations and can change the size and type of the font. Note though, if you enlarge the text too much, you may have trouble reading along with the captions. Make sure the small box next "Auto Scroll" is checked (it's at the top, towards the right side of this pod). It is checked by default, however if you use the arrow buttons to the right of the text scroll up, this box becomes unchecked and you'll want to check it again so you can follow along with the presentation.

For additional details about Adobe Connect accessibility, go to this Adobe Connect Accessibility Features page.

Adobe Connect Keyboard Navigation

The following list shows you shortcut keys that will allow you to navigate Connect using the keyboard. For a complete list, visit Adobe's page of Connect accessibility shortcut keys.

  • Use Ctrl + F6 to move between pods (control areas)
  • Use the Tab key to move between controls within a pod. Arrow keys navigate between and inside of sub-parts of any single control area/pod.
  • Use Ctrl + spacebar for showing contents of top level menus. Arrow keys navigate menu contents.
  • Use F8 to move focus to any notification. Once in the notification, use the Tab key to move to the cancel/close button to dismiss a notification, or press F8 again to move back to the meeting room window.
Chat Pod: Reading Chat Message

Ctrl + ; (semicolon) will focus the Chat pod and put the focus in the Chat input field. Return/Enter will submit the chat message.

To read chat messages you have two options:

  • You may Shift + Tab to the chat list above the input field and then use down arrow to review each message in sequence, oldest to newest.
  • Or, perhaps more useful, use the Up Arrow key when in the input field to go up to the most recent chat message.

The Chat Pod does not automatically announce changes. You will need to manually check if the Chat Pod has been updated with new messages. Using the Up Arrow key to go to the last/most recent chat message is the simplest way to do this.

Share Pod: Reading PowerPoint Presentations

To read the contents of a PowerPoint presentation:

  1. Use Ctrl + F6 to move between pods until you find the Share pod.
  2. Then use the Down Arrow key to move into the running presentation and review its contents.
  3. Up and Down arrow keys (↑ or ↓) move you around in the current slide.

You may want to refresh the screen contents with JAWS-KEY + ESC, if you feel the presenter has moved on from the slide your screen reader is reading but the Connect contents have not updated.

 

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