February 13, 2019 — We are working to ensure every project is tested internally and externally for accessibility issues, it’s not been an easy road and we would like to share our experiences with you. By providing live demonstrations and real world experiences James will talk through quick wins to help make your sites accessible and help your agency move forward to only producing accessible websites without interfering with workflow.
January 7, 2019 — HeX Productions are working on their way to become a fully accredited accessible agency with every project being tested internally and externally for accessibility issues, it’s not been an easy road and we would like to share our experiences with you.
By providing live demonstrations and real world experiences James will talk through quick wins to help make your sites accessibility and help you agency move forward to only producing accessible websites without interfering with workflow.
James has a background of university work with sites such as Longwood and Queen Mary.
December 13, 2018 — Imagine having a child with special needs being prevented from attending class each day, or your elderly parents being forced to constantly climb flights of stairs to eat meals? Inconceivable! But yet designers and developers make ill-advised, personal decisions that place barriers – ignoring twice as many disabled Americans than LIVE the cities of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston combined.
December 11, 2018 — Mobile devices provide an extraordinary opportunity to deliver a superior mobile experience to every user. But still, we, the Mobile Team at Automattic, faced some interesting challenges when we tried to make the WordPress Mobile Apps more accessible. This talk, by one of the developers involved in overcoming some of those challenges, will review the accessibility tools both iOS and Android provide, and will contain first hand information on the way we develop and test the WordPress Mobile Apps, always making accessibility one of our highest priorities, to make sure that we provide the experience that our users expect.
August 22, 2018 — Christine Laikind, born deaf, and founder of SCS Digital Marketing has made it her mission to share her knowledge and experience about (lack of) accessibility and website compliance to the WordCamp attendees.
August 9, 2018 — The number of companies facing legal action for inaccessible websites is on the rise. Inaccessible websites and digital content can limit access to users with disabilities. WordPress users can employ web accessibility evaluation tools to help determine if their content is accessible to users with disabilities. This session will provide an overview of several WordPress plugins, web-based tools, and accessibility resources. Designers, developers, and content creators can utilize these tools to evaluate websites against recognized guidelines and create a better user experience.
-Understand the laws and standards regarding web accessibility.
-Great techniques and tools to evaluate your WordPress site for accessibility.
-Identify the limitations of automated evaluations.
August 6, 2018 — People use different ways to interact with the web. Users navigate for example with a keyboard only or with their voice. To make this work properly, it ‘s necessary that the design, code and content is properly set up, accessible for all devices and users. How do you test the accessibility of a design, code and content of a web project? What are the guidelines to test against?
We will go through the different ways to use the web, which guidelines to use, what to look out for when checking for accessibility errors and which checks and tools you can use to help you test. We will also discuss a setup for automated testing. Bring your laptop and join in.
This workshop is for people who develop, design and write content, of all levels.
August 6, 2018 — Learn some fundamentals of accessibility and how it can benefit you (whether future you from aging or you after something else limits your abilities). We’ll review differing abilities, generate (minimal) user stories and personas, discuss best practices for design and development, prototype some ideas (on paper), and discuss where to get help. This isn’t intended to be a deep dive into technologies, but more of an overall primer for those who aren’t sure where to start with accessibility nor how it helps them.
July 15, 2018 — According to the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level. While we are making great strides towards a web that is accessible to everyone, this population still remains largely under-served. How can we modify our understanding of “digital a11y” to include users with literacy challenges? This session will begin with a broad discussion of accessibility, for those who may be new to the topic, and then move into what we can do to meet the needs of specific users, with a focus on those who can’t read, read poorly, or read English as a second language. Participants will engage in a series of exercises designed to illustrate the importance of website accessibility, build empathy and understanding for multiple user communities, and develop skills to make more useful websites.
June 20, 2018 — In this session, we examine the NC State Accessibility Helper, a homegrown plugin that makes accessibility testing a part of WordPress. We will discuss common issues reported by users of assistive technology and how those issues are introduced when creating content. We will then discuss how our plugin addresses these issues using an open source accessibility testing engine called aXe.