[Athen] AHG Conference thoughts

normajean.brand normajean.brand at hccs.edu
Tue Nov 17 12:48:07 PST 2009

Thank you Robert for sharing your thoughts on some of the sessions you
were able to attend. I'm sure all the sessions were great but you have
to pick and choose. ;) I only wish I could have been there this year...
but there is always next time.

Hopefully, others will share their views/thoughts on the conference as
well. In the meantime, I'm going to go look for all those sessions
materials that might still be available!


Norma Jean


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Houston Community College-Northwest

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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Robert Beach
Sent: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 12:31 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] AHG Conference thoughts

Hello all,

I just wanted to share a couple of thoughts about this year's AHG
Conference for those who were not able to be there. Hopefully others
will share their thoughts as well.

Firstly, let me say that it was a good conference. I hope those who
were not able to attend can access some of the session materials. There
was a lot of good info. Thanks Howard and crew for making the materials
available for all of us, even after the fact.

I attended several sessions and enjoyed them all. Here are a couple
that really caught my attention though.

The Stanford session on captioning videos was great (Saturday morning at
9:45). Sean and John presented a truly fascinating model. We are
looking at setting up a system here and their presentation gave me an
idea or two. I would definitely class this one as a "must review" for
those who have any interest in captioning videos.

Jayme Johnson presented two good sessions, but the one that I got the
most from was "Accessible Math with DAISY" (Saturday morning at 8:00).
It was my first experience using Math Type and DAISY Pipeline. Even
though I can tell the technology has a ways to go, it was still an
impressive session. I certainly intend to play with these toys some

There were several sessions on the Dolphin Converter software. I
attended the session presented by Julie Balassa. Again, it was my first
time to see the product in action. She did a great job explaining the
components of the program and the process. I like the concept.
However, I still like Publisher better. <grin>

I have been having some discussions with other colleges in our area bout
sharing resources for both altermate formatted texts and assistive
technologies. Thus, I found the session, "Assistive Technology & Higher
Education: A Collaboration for Provision of E-Text," by Deanna Arbuckle
to be interesting. It just shows that sharing across boundries can be

I won't review all of the sessions I attended, but these are some that I
would recommend for review by those who could not be at the conference.
Of course, if you have time, I recommend reviewing all of the sessions.
I know I enjoyed all of the sessions I attended. I wish I could have
cloned myself so I could have attended a few more, like Gaeir's "DAISY
101" session. I guess I'll just have to wait for the DVD and review
that one.

Okay, just my two cents worth. Maybe others will have recommendations
on some of the sessions as well.

Robert Lee Beach

Assistive Technology Specialist

Kansas City Kansas Community College

7250 State Avenue

Kansas City, KS 66112

Phone: 913-288-7671

Fax: 913-288-7678

E-Mail: rbeach at kckcc.edu

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