Find us at PSU Web Conference

Come find Simply Accessible at this year’s Penn State University Design The Future web conference.

Say hi: hello@simplyaccessible.com

Accessibility for UX: Don't worry, it's much worse than you think

  • Monday, June 22, 2015, 10:45 am
  • Location: Room 206

Create an easy-to-use experience that delights your user and reinforces the value of your business? Got it. Make all your designs adaptive to prepare for any and all devices that may be thrown your way? Check! Get leaner, get personalized, get localized, and oh, don't forget to account for seniors, and low-literacy users. Well, okay. Also, have you considered people with disabilities? Wait… what? When we think about all that goes into mastering good design principles, it’s no wonder that tackling accessibility can appear like a daunting, unrealistic burden.

How can we consider all of these highly technical, specific user needs when we don't even know how people with disabilities use the web? How do we incorporate accessibility into a rapidly evolving design process that’s literally sprinting towards releases? And what about the Internet of Things? Is it time to give up?!

In this session, we'll embark on a tremulous journey through the wilderness of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and deep into the mire of assistive technologies. But, stay the course! Before you know it, you'll feel the warm comforting rays of a heat map once again.

After this experience, you'll be equipped with five simple but powerful techniques you can integrate into your daily work. Calling all usability testers, all content strategists, and all visual and interaction designers. Ready? Grab your wireframes, and let's go!

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Integrating accessibility in your web project lifecycle: Challenges and lessons learned

  • Monday, June 22, 2015, 11:45 am
  • Location: Room 207

Who's in charge of accessibility? The designer, the developer, the content strategist, or the project manager? The answer is as simple as it is hard: all of them. Denis takes us through real-world scenarios to show where projects go oh-so wrong when it comes to accessibility. He gives us the key to making accessibility a priority at every stage of a project, and making sure each department is on track. You'll leave with the blueprint, strategy, and right mindset to turn your project into a powerhouse.

You'll learn:

  • Common pitfalls (and how to avoid them)
  • The secret to breaking down responsibilities across departments
  • How to create an accessibility focused ecosystem
  • How to ensure accountability across disciplines and roles

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Future bliss: Make a circuit with me

  • Monday, June 22, 2015, 1:30 pm
  • Location: Room 208

Driverless cars, mind-controlled machines, and a babel fish in the palm of your hand: the singularity never looked so good. As citizens of the web, we are enthralled at the same time we are a bit unnerved by the “ever accelerating progress of technology.” We may even occasionally resist innovations as they are heralded in the news, waxing nostalgic for the analog life. Sure, we opt in to download and use the latest timesaving wonder, but we find ourselves asking what the true cost is to society if we simplify and automate all the things.

With all of these enhancements to modern living, what are we losing? However, a better question might be: what are we gaining? This session will provide an overview of some of the most recent technological advances in mobility, communication, and cognitive sciences and their direct impact to people with disabilities.

With hands-on demonstrations and personal accounts from real users, we will explore emerging technologies and the amazing freedoms they provide for people worldwide. From embedded connectivity to a web of smart, big data, inclusive design takes on a whole new meaning.

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We are all disabled, or soon will be: redefining the concept of inclusive UX on the web

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 10:45 am
  • Location: Room 207

The web was intended for everyone–a democratic wonderland of free (and accessible) information. Trouble is, it didn’t pan out that way. In this mind-blowing and heart-opening talk, Denis helps us see that there’s no “us vs. them” with disabilities–there’s only when. All of us, at one point or another, will be disabled. The web we believe in is one that’s built with that in mind. Come with us as we learn about the power of empathetic design, the impact of mobile devices on bringing assistive technology to the mainstream, and how designing for the extremes can bring us to the sweet spot of a web that works for everyone.

You’ll learn:

  • How big our audience of people with disabilities and folks aging into disability really is
  • Principles of universal and empathetic design
  • How designing for mobile and people with disabilities can bring you closer to universal design
  • How you can start changing the digital world

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