Accessibility Club #6 with Heydon Pickering, Laura Kalbag & Detlev Fischer
Hands-on webworker meetup about all things web accessibility & assistive technology
While the necessity and benefits of accessible services on the web are pretty obvious, web accessibility is still not a widespread practice. Common reasonsings range from putative additional efforts, tight budgets to the misbelief that "validity equals accessibilty". In many cases, however, it seems that the majority of developers simply has no clue where to start — which comes as no surprise as most of them have never gotten their hands on assistive technology.
The Accessibility Club wants to give you the chance to get some real-world experience with assistive technology, deepen your knowledge about web accessibilty and get you in touch with like-minded webworkers. The goal is to enable you to make accessibility a natural part of your daily work and mindset.
This year, we are very happy to bring you these 3 great presentators:
- Heydon Pickering — freelance web accessibility consultant, interface designer and writer — will give us a visit and talk about all things inclusive pattern libraries including his recent book Inclusive Design Patterns, his blog Inclusive Components and — hopefully — a brand new, yet to be revealed tool he's currently working on.
- Laura Kalbag — designer, writer, and one half of Ind.ie — will talk about creating accessible content and integrating inclusive design into the design process. She’ll bring copies of her brand new book from A Book Apart, Accessibility For Everyone (which has a foreword by Heydon!).
- Detlev Fischer (DIAS) will introduce us to the ERASMUS+-funded COMPARE project, a common wiki-based repository of real web content cases where accessibility testers can compare their ratings with those of other testers. The repository will be released to the public until November. The presentation aims to get public feedback on the COMPARE approach to help make the repository and other resources as useful as possible for web developers, accessibility experts in training, and anyone interested in learning more about accessibility.
The event is limited to 60 attendees and run on a non-profit basis, organised by Joschi Kuphal and Stefan Judis. Attendees are required to make a donation of any amount (min. € 15) which will be used to accomodate Heydon and cover the basic expenses. Budget leftovers will entirely be donated to an accessibility related charity (TBA).