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Web accessibility testing using NVDA

  • Monday, May 11, 2015, 2:15 pm CST
  • Location: JBWS 363

Just starting out with accessibility? Need a simple way in to testing and assessment? This hands-on session is just for you. Denis will take us through a host of techniques for testing the accessibility fundamentals of HTML, CSS and JavaScript using NVDA, an open source screen reader. Perfect if you’re just getting your feet wet with accessibility.

You’ll learn:

  • Fundamental testing concepts to lay the groundwork
  • Twelve accessibility testing techniques you can use today
  • How NVDA can alert you to accessibility issues lurking on your site

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

  • Monday, May 11, 2015, 4:00 pm CST
  • Location: JBWS 268

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 the web project lifecycle

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 8:30 am CST
  • Location: JBWS 268

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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Pattern all the things! Getting started with pattern libraries

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 10:15 am CST
  • Location: JBWS 267

In the quest for accessibility on your website, do you ever feel overwhelmed by the work ahead? Ever feel as though you're testing and fixing the same issues over and over again, only to turn around and see a whole new mess? There's got to be a better way.

In this introductory overview and workshop, we'll explore how to gather, organize, and communicate UX, accessibility, and development best practices. We'll demonstrate examples of how to bring those principles to life into a shared, working repository for your teams. We'll work through common concerns like sustainability, innovation, and digital governance. And, we'll learn how to speak a common language that will not only speed up the design and development process, it will strengthen your accessibility efforts and maybe even help you sleep better at night.

You'll learn:

  • Why pattern libraries are good for you and your teams
  • Why pattern libraries are good for people with disabilities
  • How to turbo charge your accessibility testing efforts
  • How to start implementing a pattern library right away

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What would the judge say? Accessibility best practices and WCAG 2.0 failures

  • Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 4:00 pm CST
  • Location: JBWS 264

Web accessibility lawsuits–and panicky post-lawsuit compliance–are often what bring businesses into the web accessibility world. In this interactive presentation, Denis shows us why lawsuits happen (it’s not what you’d think!) and why running straight to compliance pushes your site even further away from being usable for everyone. Accessibility is a perspective shift. It’s not about avoiding violations–it’s about removing barriers. Denis opens our minds to why a people-first approach trumps checking criteria off a list.

You’ll learn:

  • How frustrating user experiences push people over the edge and into the courts of law
  • The most common barriers that can make sites difficult–or impossible–to use
  • How to think beyond compliance to a site that’s truly accessible
  • How to use WCAG 2.0's Success Criteria as a starting place for accessibility best practices

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