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Global Accessibility & Awareness in Tech! Checkout the speaker lineup...

  • May 15, 2014 · 7:00 PM

Amazing event hosted by a community partner, LA Accessibility and Inclusive Design meet up!


On May 15 at Yahoo, we invite you to participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) sponsored by Fandango. We aim to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities! Check out our speaker lineup below from Twitter, Wordpress & Yahoo!

Featured Speakers

Sommer Panage's talk will cover the basics of creating accessible applications on iOS and Android. We'll discuss principles we employ to make the Twitter native clients accessible. Then, off to take a quick tour of and iOS and Android APIs that you will find useful for your own development. Finally, we will look at a couple issues we hit at Twitter when making such large-scale apps accessible and discuss how we dealt with them. 

Joseph Karr O'Connor will discuss how WordPress powers nearly twenty percent of the world's websites, so improvements to accessibility have great impact. Joe will be talking about the process of making WordPress accessible with a small team of accessibility practitioners. 

Yahoo! recently implemented closed caption on their video contents. Karen Chiu (UI designer at Yahoo! Media) would like to share her process working on the closed caption design with you. She’ll be going through principles of accessible design, challenge between designing and the regulations, technical issues, to sharing the results of user study. 

Speaker Biographies

Sommer Panage is currently the lead for Mobile Accessibility on iOS and Android at Twitter. Before moving into this role, she worked on various iOS projects such as DMs and Anti-spam. Prior to coming to Twitter, Sommer worked on the iOS team at Apple. She earned her BA in Psychology and MS in Computer Science at Stanford University. In her free time, Sommer enjoys performing as an aerialist, playing her flute, and traveling.

Joseph Karr O'Connor has been an Accessible UX practitioner since 1999 and worked in higher ed for many years. He is the WordPress Accessibility Team Lead and also works with Knowbility, a worldwide leader in accessible information technology. An invited expert on the W3C HTML Working Group he is also working on the newly formed W3C Cognitive and Learning Disabilities Accessibility Task Force. 

Karen Chiu is a communication designer at Yahoo! Media. She focuses on branding, user interface design and user experience design. Karen graduated from Art Center College of Design for trans-media design after studied two years of majoring Economic and Business in community college. She was born in Taipei, Taiwan, and raised in U.S. Currently lives in California. 


Twitter: @gbla11yday 
Hashtag: #GAAD

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