Global Accessibility Awareness Day + LA Tech Happy Hour

  • May 9, 2013 · 7:00 PM

 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day followed by LA Tech Happy Hour

On May 9, we invite you to participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities. The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. While people may be interested in the topic of making technology accessible and usable by persons with disabilities, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Awareness comes first.

We have invited Molly Holzschlag to speak! Followed by a healthy Q&A.

Find out more about GAAD here.


LA Tech Happy Hour after GAAD at McCabe's

Hop on over to McCabe's after the event for drinks with LA Tech Happy Hour.

The address of the McCabe's is 2455 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, however just follow the crowd if you're on time :)

 


PROGRAM

  • Joe Devon will introduce the event and talk about GAAD.
  • Cara Quinn will demonstrate the needs of blind and vision impaired people.
  • Joseph Karr O'Connor will demonstrate the needs of mobility and cognitively impaired people.
  • The event will be live captioned to meet and represent the needs of Deaf and hard of hearing people, some of whom may be in the audience, and to have a transcript to upload immediately afterward.
  • There will be an LATechHappyHour to follow the event.

 


TOPIC

The warm-up talks will demonstrate exactly what it is we're talking about when we say that every web site and app needs accessibility.

Molly is a very active speaker on Open Web technologies, web design and accessibility and was the 2004–2006 group lead for the Web Standards Project (WaSP).

When the Web was invented, it was done so not only with a set of open, free tools, but a set of core principals. Perhaps the most important reason the Web exists is to be - as its inventor Tim Berners-Lee has maintained throughout its 20 years - for /everyone/. Join Molly as she takes us through those core principles and discusses the question why accessibility is not in the mainstream Web developer/designer methodology for ALL Web sites and applications. The Web is, after all, for everyone.

 


SPEAKER

Molly works to define and create effective organizational standards and best practices with countless worldwide developers and designers working the Web via her books, articles, conferences and consulting. With over 25 years of online experience, Molly's strengths lie not only in the technologies and practices of today, but in understanding the complexities of how challenges emerged, and ways in which to manage those challenges in the rapid evolution of the Web.

Molly currently participates as a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Invited Expert on the CSS Working Group, chairs the CSS Accessibility Community Group and was previously an Invited Expert on the HTML and GEO Working Groups. Molly currently works for Knowbility, for whom she teaches classes on Open Web technologies such as HTML5 and ARIA, with a strong emphasis on using inclusive design to overcome accessibility barriers.

You can find Molly at:
Blog
LinkedIn
Twitter (@mollydotcom)


SPONSORS

Molly's appearance has been kindly sponsored by Samson Lov at Koss REsource.

Koss REsource is a technology (commercial real estate-related) company headquartered in West Los Angeles (next to Santa Monica). We've got an awesome team including front and back end developers, QA/testers, and DBAs, and we'd like to meet more.We founded the company at the end of 2010, and we now have about 20 people on our team. (www.kossresource.com)

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) live captioning services has been kindly sponsored by the following: Softlayer, Dataversity & Diamond Web Services.

 

Softlayer: One platform. Endless possibilities. Virtual or bare metal. Public or private. All deployed in real time.

 

DATAVERSITY™ provides resources for Information Technology (IT) Professionals, Executives and Business Managers to learn about the uses and management of data. Our worldwide community of practitioners, advisers, and customers participates in and benefits from DATAVERSITY’s educational conferences, discussions, articles, blogs, webinars, news feeds, and more.

Diamond Web Services: World Class, Local, Developers. Scalable solutions from Startups to Enterprise. From web to mobile and connected devices

 


Elegant Insights logo with Braille dotsElegant Insights
by Laura Legendary @ElegantInsights has personalized Braille jewelry she wants you to have. Three people will get a choice of one initial charm pendant, one initial dog tag necklace, or one initial keychain. Cost underwritten by Joseph Karr O'Connor @AccessibleJoe.

 

 

 

 

VENUE

Yahoo! is providing their wonderful facility and food! Thanks Yahoo!


FILMING

Television Four, located in the heart of Hollywood, is a broadband television programming and production company. TV4's mission is to feed your passion with great storytelling delivered to any screen, anywhere. TV4 are filming tonight's meetup.

 


PARKING

It is very expensive to park in the lot! Street parking is usually readily available, most of the meters are free after 6pm. Please check the street signs as some sides of the streets are permit parking only.

 


CARPOOL

If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please post a comment underneath this meetup


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  • Molly H.

    Thanks so much for a wonderful evening of community, sharing, fun and laughter. I had a great time and loved every minute spent with you crazy Californians! xoxo/Molly

    1 · May 10, 2013

    • Ron

      Thank you Molly - What an eye opener!

      May 10, 2013

    • Joseph Karr O.

      Molly, it was an honor to have your participation, can't thank you enough. Everyone, follow Molly on Twitter @mollydotcom

      May 10, 2013

  • Mike A.

    Thanks for opening my mind.

    May 10, 2013

  • Dan L.

    running behind schedule this evening :/

    May 9, 2013

  • Dan L.

    running behind schedule this evening :/

    May 9, 2013

  • Krista T.

    So sorry to miss but am wiped out from prepping for SAP Sapphire. Have a great one!

    May 9, 2013

  • Marcella M.

    So sorry. Been swamped with a project all week. Unable to attend. Good luck and knock their socks off!

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My apologies, change of plans.

    May 9, 2013

  • Josie

    Too bad I can't make it... stuck in a conference. It would have been great to bring GAAD's point of view to the event on averting catastrophe we have on Sunday... oh well: http://futuresalon19.eventbrite...­

    May 9, 2013

  • denise

    I'm a communication and family coach, and have worked with kids/adults on the autism spectrum. Looking forward to connecting with tech folks for ways to get the word out/marketing for available and effective online services for families.

    May 9, 2013

  • jessica d.

    Sadly, client work extended later than I had hoped today. I really enjoyed the last usability event at Northridge though and am sad to miss this one. Any hope for a video to watch after? Thank you :)

    May 9, 2013

  • Richard C.

    Hi i was planning on driving from SD to attend is there any room left? RSVP's are closed.

    May 8, 2013

    • Saba

      What's the street address and suite number? Thanks!

      May 9, 2013

    • Joe D.

      @Saba updated now. It's 2400 broadway. Text me when you arrive if you can't find it

      May 9, 2013

  • Dana B.

    I feel like an idiot but I see the address for McCabes.... and then there is mention that Yahoo! will host the actual GAAD talk... but no specifics on WHERE at Yahoo! --- what room? the 26th street building?

    May 9, 2013

    • Dana B.

      Oo! Update - the invite on my calendar says 1st floor... 2400 broadway.

      May 9, 2013

    • Joe D.

      Address is now showing

      May 9, 2013

  • Sonya R.

    Interesting

    May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sorry to miss but I now have a conflict and cannot attend.

    May 8, 2013

  • Sean G.

    Any one from CSUN or SFV west of the 405 looking to carpool?

    May 7, 2013

    • Joseph Karr O.

      You should invite Sandra, Sue, and Jean O'Sullivan and make it a carpool:-) Just sayin'

      May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there anyone going from Glendale? I'd only need a ride back ... THANK YOU!

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    IS THERE EITHER ANYTHING DURING THE DAY (or can I carpool with someone from Glendale area?)

    April 20, 2013

  • Joe D.

    Folks, we're trying to hit 1000 Likes to the GAAD homepage. If you haven't already, the official page is here:
    https://www.facebook.com/globala...­

    1 · April 11, 2013

    • Saba

      Molly's great! I will like and like...!

      2 · April 11, 2013

  • malcolm

    These are great meetings. Malcolm Meetup.co/NLP-LA

    April 11, 2013

  • Clay C.

    I sure want to!

    April 8, 2013

  • Molly H.

    I'm excited to see you all in LA!

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Joseph Karr O.

    My secret? Molly Holzschlag is our main speaker for the event!

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • Brian C.

    Looking forward to this event! Here is a link to a article by Six Revisions about user testing for web accessibility, to add to the conversation.
    http://sixrevisions.com/usabili...­

    1 · April 3, 2013

    • Joseph Karr O.

      That's a great link and good information everyone should read. Thanks!

      April 4, 2013

  • Joseph Karr O.

    I have a secret. Are you good at keeping secrets? I am. I know the name of the main speaker but need to iron out some details before I can announce her. My keyboard is sealed.

    1 · April 2, 2013

  • Alexander L.

    Hoping our whole team can make it!

    1 · April 1, 2013

    • Joseph Karr O.

      Great, looking forward to meeting your whole team there.

      April 2, 2013

  • Eileen

    I have a class from 6-9. I'll keep this on my calendar in case something changes!

    April 1, 2013

    • Joseph Karr O.

      Thanks Eileen, would love to have you at the event.

      April 2, 2013

  • Joseph Karr O.

    See the post by Joe Devon that started GAAD:

    http://mysqltalk.wordpress.com/...­

    March 19, 2013

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