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.