You’re Not Alone: Tools for the Lonely Developer

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Class description

Common solutions to accessibility problems are usually technical, so many people assume accessibility is a technical problem, which means it’s meant to be solved by developers (hint: it’s not). As fun and challenging as developing for accessibility can be, it can also feel overwhelming and alienating when you don’t feel like you’ve got the support you need.

Thinking about accessibility more holistically, especially how it relates to roles in agile teams and across the larger developer community, can help us better understand the problem and ultimately do better work for our users.

In this session we’ll discuss the burden of accessibility on developers and talk about solutions to:

* Spreading the responsibility for making our products and services accessible across teams
* Integrating feedback from people with disabilities into the product lifecycle
* Getting out of the echo chamber
* Supporting each other through the larger developer community

Speaker

Devon Persing

Date

May 18th, 2017

Time

10:15 am-11:45 am

Class level

Beginner

Class type

Lecture

Track

Dev / Coding

Prerequisites

None

Take Aways

  • Spreading the responsibility for making our products and services accessible across agile teams.
  • Integrating feedback from people with disabilities into the product lifecycle.
  • Getting out of the echo chamber.
  • Supporting each other through the larger developer community.

Location

Room TH 215

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