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Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit

Join us for the first Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) in Detroit. GAAD is a day for web professionals to gather together to learn about accessibility and how to make the web more accessible and usable by people with disabilities. Events will be held around the world to raise awareness about web accessibility.

For our event, we've invited local experts to talk about the basics of accessibility, the benefits and best practices of plain language, and the importance of accessibility thinking early in the development process for websites, applications, and services. 

Who is this event for?

Our event is for anyone working on the web: user experience professionals, designers, developers, programmers, content strategists, digital marketers, project managers, and social media experts. 

Presentations and Speakers

An Overview of Online Accessibility
Mike Elledge, Usability Specialist, Creative Design and Usability (CDU) at Ford Motor Company

Mike will give an overview of the needs, benefits, and elements of accessible web design. His presentation will be a general talk, but Mike will be happy to answer more specific questions in the following Q&A.

Plain Language: The Clear and Simple Strategy
Josie Scott, UX Design Research Lead at GE Capital

Josie  reviews the universal access benefits and best practices of plain language writing in digital products.

UX and UI: The Forefront of Accessibility
Dylan Barrell, Vice President of Product Development at Deque

Accessibility issues can arise at any point in the development of a website, application or service and much of the focus of accessibility is around the technology techniques that can be used to fix these accessibility issues. 

However, the cost of addressing issues is determined by how early these issues are identified and whether the introduction of accessible thinking early in the process can lead to an avoidance of the issues in the first place. 

UX and UI designers are involved in the earliest phases of product development and therefore serve as the first line of defense against accessibility issues. 

Dylan will give an in-depth case study of how early decisions can lead to expensive fixes, how this can be avoided, and then give an overview of the types of accessibility issues that UX and UI designers commonly introduce.


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  • John C.

    Wonderful! The speakers were very informative even for someone like me who has been following accessibility for a while. The time length was great. The chance to hear about the different people in attendance was very nice. And the venue and food were fantastic. More of the same!

    2 · May 19, 2014

  • Megan S.

    Great talks! Thank you so much for putting this on!

    Here is the link to the Ann Arbor UX Happy Hour event next week. Hope some of you can make it!

    4 · May 16, 2014

    • Deborah E.

      You're welcome, Megan. Glad you attended, and thank you for sharing the UX Happy Hour event. Just curious, are there accessibility champions at Enlighten?

      May 16, 2014

  • Darren H.

    Another fantastic session and another great job by the organizers. I love the inspirational effect from these meetings. You always leave feeling you can be better and that your goals are indeed achievable. As always, looking forward to the next session.

    3 · May 16, 2014

    • Deborah E.

      Glad you enjoyed it, Darren! Thank you for attending.

      May 16, 2014

  • Deborah E.

    Great speakers and wonderful questions from our members!

    2 · May 15, 2014

    • Diane B.

      Thank you for bringing inspiring and practical content to the Detroit UX meetings.

      May 16, 2014

    • Deborah E.

      You're welcome, Diana. Glad you enjoyed it. We are very fortunate to have wonderful UX professionals in our area who share their expertise and knowledge with all of us.

      May 16, 2014

  • Diane B.

    Detroit UX pulls off another win with this practical, and engaging event. Made connections and left with a lot of great ideas. Many thanks to Team Detroit for hosting!

    2 · May 16, 2014

  • Jodi B.

    Awesome! Love being around so many smart people!

    3 · May 15, 2014

    • Diane B.

      I appreciate the leadership you bring to the Detroit UX group. It's encouraging to connect with others in the industry and grow professionally at the same time.

      2 · May 16, 2014

  • Diane B.

    Detroit UX pulls off another win with this practical, and engaging event. Made connections and left with a lot of great ideas. Many thanks to Team Detroit for hosting!

    2 · May 16, 2014

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