Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Celebrating a Newly Discovered Ability

Filed under: Living with a disability, Social Media — by Glenda at 7:48 pm on Saturday, February 21, 2009

Two weeks ago, David Wilcox kindly invited me to present at AccessCamp San Antonio – a discussion-based "unconference" on accessibility and user experience. His initial thought was to have me present via video through the internet calling software Skype.

The Challenge

Because of my speech impairment, video would not be an effective way for me to present. I needed a way to share my PowerPoint presentation, with audio, with the group located in San Antonio.

Also, because this event was on accessibility, I needed my presentation to be ultra accessible. I needed a way to caption the presentation for those participants who were Deaf and hard of hearing. A transcript would be provided for those who were deaf-blind.

The Result

With some mashing of technology and a few late nights, my husband and I found a way to share the PowerPoint presentation running on my computer, complete with audio and captions (yes!), using Skype and the free desktop sharing application Mikogo.

Donald offered this comment during the Q&A session on Skype, “your presentation was hard core, in the contra on sega genesis kind of way.” (I think that is good?!)

On Twitter, Jennifer Navarrete tweeted:

If you missed @glendawh's presentation to AccessCamp San Antonio from Vancouver, Canada via Skype, you really missed something amazing.

With minimal technical glitches, the presentation was a success!

The Implications

I can now offer live online presentations and webinars! Woohoo!

First, San Antonio, then…?! The possibilities are endless.

If you enjoyed this post, consider buying me a chai tea latte. Thanks kindly.

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Comment by linda m lopeke

February 21, 2009 @ 8:33 pm

Wonderful presentation, Glenda! I really enjoyed it and thank you for sharing it with us. I’m sure your audience appreciated it very much too. Makes those late nights worth it, doesn’t it?

Linda M. Lopeke

Comment by Joanna Young

February 22, 2009 @ 12:00 am

That’s brilliant Glenda, very impressive. What a great new thing to be able to add to your portfolio.

I very much enjoyed the presentation too.

Comment by Lori-ann

February 22, 2009 @ 1:12 am

This is so exciting! Congratulations!

Comment by Glen Farrelly

February 22, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

Really enjoyed your presentation, particularly the acrostic which sums up the facets of accessibility very eloquently and succinctly.

Comment by Ellen

February 22, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

I have to keep coming here, because every time I do I feel so inspired. And I think, I hope my Max grows up to be as awesome as you.

Comment by Glenda

February 22, 2009 @ 8:46 pm

Thank you, I’m glad y’all enjoyed it. Isn’t it rewarding when we discover a new ability within ourselves!

Comment by Douglas T

February 23, 2009 @ 6:49 am

Beautifully done. Thanks for sharing it.

Comment by Meryl Evans

February 27, 2009 @ 5:43 pm

Congrats on a hit, Glenda! I am watching it right now thanks to your including captions in the presentation.

I am comfortable with giving presentations, but not so much at the thought of the part after or including interaction in the middle of it because of my fear of not understanding what people say. Wonder how this could be dodged through an online presentation to a conference (Don’t care to do webinars).

Comment by Suzie Cheel

March 1, 2009 @ 3:28 pm

Glenda this is awesome I have stumbled and twittered for you,
just love the anacroym

Love and Hugs Miss Inspirer


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