Find us at AccessU 2014

Derek and Elle offer you a juicy bite of accessibility for the modern world at this year’s AccessU in Austin. Sprinkle in the sage advice you’ll get from their insightful talks and workshops, and sink your teeth into an accessibility approach that sticks.

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Designing Accessible Data

  • Monday, May 12, 2014, 8:30 am
  • Location: TH 203

What is the best kind of data? It’s data that’s accessible to everyone, including folks with ability challenges. Learn how to design and code for low-vision users, provide accessible keyboard shortcuts, and derive a foolproof testing methodology. Derek shows you how to implement accessible designs to share your data the right way, as well as how to get your designers on board right from the start.

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Designing for Accessibility

  • Monday, May 12, 2014, 3:30 pm
  • Location: TH 113

Challenge your perception of accessibility needs. Derek takes you on an immersive journey that explores how people with disabilities use the web, the common design challenges we face when designing for this greater audience, and how to fix these issues before they start. You’ll learn how accessible design creates a beautiful and inexpensive user experiences, and you’ll realize: accessible design is just design done right.

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Designing Interactions

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 3:30 pm
  • Location: TH 214

It’s not static web pages that cause people with disabilities the greatest challenge. It’s the data locked inside inaccessible interactions. To delight everyone, things like maps, drag-and-drop interfaces, and image carousels need to be planned, designed, and expertly executed or they’ll simply fall apart. Derek shares how you can bring accessible data to life with a set of guiding principles and an intuitive approach that set you up to start constructing your own.

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Responsive Web Design

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 8:30 am
  • Location: TH 203

Let veteran web designer, developer, and accessibility pro, Derek Featherstone take you down to Responsive Town. You’ll learn everything from responsive design patterns to guaranteed multi-device functionality, from design testing for accessibility to a plan for reviewing how accessibility and responsive design can compliment or clash with one another—and what to do when things get a little funky.

A full day workshop after this year’s AccessU event.

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Structured Content and Navigation

  • Monday, May 12, 2014, 10:15 am
  • Location: TH 117

Savor the sweetness of accessible content and user flow during this mid-morning course with Elle. Learn how to create a system that allows your digital audience to find information quickly and effortlessly. Elle shows you how to create bypasses for repetitive digital content and how to consider content hierarchy and interactions—and she shares core content fundamentals tied to HTML5. She also walks you through how to create digital accessibility standards so you can scale ‘em for multiple projects. Breathe easy. Elle’s got your back.

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Dispatches from the Field: Insights from Implementing Accessibility in Large Organizations

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 10:15 am
  • Location: TH113

Come listen to the cautionary tales of companies who have climbed, fallen, and eventually made it over the top to implement accessibility practices across their entire organization. More than development techniques or high-level recommendations, this course offers a raw lens to review the pain points and wins that companies may experience during this complex transition. Join Elle for real-world stories and frank discussion, as well as analysis of everything from specific accessibility program concepts to enterprise-level testing strategies. Wartime stories with a plot twist—bring your marshmallow sticks.

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Accessibility, The Next Generation

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 1:45 pm
  • Location: TH 303

Take a voyage through the digital galaxy to explore our future. Elle brings her wit and accessibility know-how as part of a refreshing panel of technologists poised to think about the role of accessibility within human culture. The panel will explore the future of accessibility in a world of multi-devices, new legislation, and increasingly diverse information delivery, so come prepared. Engage in a lively discussion about our world and how we see it evolving into a more inclusive environment for people piloting a new journey.

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Building the Business Case

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 3:30 pm
  • Location: TH 112

Do you know how to use the stick and the carrot when building the case for accessibility within your company? Change is easier when you focus on the bright stuff, and Elle will show you how. Learn how to communicate the rewards of baking accessibility right into your workflow by pinpointing your stakeholders’ resistance. Then lower departments’ anxiety by sharing the value of accessibility in every key stage of operations, including business development, project scoping, and reviews. You’ll walk away with the ingredients to make the ultimate accessibility case no matter how big your company or the carrot.

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