When we discover—often late in a project or even after a launch—that what we built isn’t accessible to people with disabilities, we can feel both frustrated and defeated. As professionals working on the web, we’re champions for the user, but with accessibility, we aren’t even sure how to start. How can we account for everyone’s needs when there are so many competing priorities? What do we know about users with disabilities and how they interact with our content? How can we incorporate inclusive practices into what we receive from other teams and what we ourselves build without negatively impacting our designs and development?
In this interactive workshop created for anyone who participates in the UX and development process with a responsibility to test your own work, Elle and Devon from the Simply Accessible team will guide attendees on how to consider accessibility at each stage of a project and within each role. Learn how to start with inclusive thinking and then how to build those principles and techniques into the process. Elle and Devon will provide you with easy-to-adopt techniques for designers, developers, and testers. Learn core principles that you can start putting into practice tomorrow.
May 19th, 2017
8:30 am-5:30 am
BYO Laptop Session
Dev / Coding
Attendees should come prepared to use their own laptops in this workshop with a few free tools installed ahead of time. AccessU organizers will email registered attendees a list with information and links for those downloads.
All attendees will review various disability types and the online barriers encountered by people who have those disabilities. The SA team will provide real-time demonstrations of assistive technologies with hands-on interaction by students. Accessibility concepts will be described addressing the most common issues related to keyboard, images, forms, and more.
DESIGN: Attendees will learn how to apply inclusive thinking to their work through the use of user personas and design techniques. They will consider the design input needs for semantic markup, site structure, tables, forms, validation, images, and more, better preparing them in their own work.
DEVELOPMENT: Attendees will learn how to create accessible front-end code and semantic markup with techniques to address site structure, headings, web development standards, text content, tables, forms, validation, relative sizing, background and foreground images, and more.
TESTING: Attendees will learn about a range of tools and techniques to test for site structure, keyboard accessibility, forms, validation, color, images, and text size accessibility. Students will create and go through a range of simple and more complex test cases to develop reliable accessibility testing strategies. They will also learn the basics of using assistive technologies, such as screen readers, and have the opportunity to use them in the workshop.
Room TH 116