The 2019 Innovations in Technology Conference will be held at the JW Marriott New Orleans, 614 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA. All attendees must register using the conference registration website
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Wednesday, January 9 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Broaden Your Audience: Tools to Reach Individuals with Disabilities, Low-Literacy Clients, and Limited English Speakers

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One in five Americans has a disability (U.S. Census Bureau). Fifty-three percent of American adults has limited reading skills. (OECD 2012 census). Nine percent of the U.S. population ages 5 and older -- more than 25 million people -- are Limited English Proficient (LEP), meaning they speak English less than “very well.” (U.S. Census Bureau 2015 ACS). With these facts in mind, we need to change the way we communicate with our readers/clients. This session will share easy-to-use tools to communicate more effectively with all clients. The panel will demonstrate how to follow accessible design principles that allow everyone to access the information they need to participate equally. The panel will share tips about making information easier to see and read, reveal their free set of universal legal icons and provide a tutorial on how to make Word documents and PDFs Section 508 compliant. During the session, the panel will demonstrate how to turn a Legal Form PDF into an interactive, ADA-compliant PDF ready to submit for e-filing! Panelists will also share free Accessibility Evaluation tools.

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Maria Mindlin

Readability Expert, Transcend Translations
Maria Mindlin is an expert in Readability, Plain Language, and Translation. Her company, Transcend, provides readability, field-testing, and certified translation services to courts and legal service agencies across the U.S. Her proudest accomplishments include:- Created the first... Read More →
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Aldo Montijo

ADA Design Specialist, Transcend Translations
Aldo is a Graphic Designer and Transcend's accessibility Guru. Most of our clients receive federal funding, which means they must comply with § 508 / ADA requirements for disability access. Surprisingly, few of our clients know how to make their e-files accessible. Using a plain... Read More →
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Nicole Newman

Multilingual Tech Systems & Graphic Design Mgr, Transcend
With a BS in Design from the University of California at Davis in one hand, and a mastery of all things tech in the other, Nicole Newman keeps all systems and all staff, in all languages at Transcend running smoothly. Her passion is to make the complexities of Accessibility and Plain... Read More →
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Tanushree Padath

Designer, Transcend
Tanu is a former Biologist turned Designer. Her many responsibilities at Transcend include proofing multi-lingual projects, editing plain language documents and designing documents for readability. But by far, her favorite project has been spearheading the Legal Icons Project - a... Read More →

Wednesday January 9, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm CST
Iris 8th Floor