• Data Visualization: Tips for Making Complex Graphical Content Accessible to All

    Data visualization doesn't have to be visual! Don't assume that a chart or diagram can't be made accessible. In this talk, you'll learn how the brain processes data visualizations, how we can leverage this to work with other senses, and tips and best practices for making complex graphical content available to all. We'll also offer a direct comparison on different tools and software that make it easy to 'accessibilify' your diagrams. ------ Presenter Bio: Doug Schepers is the founder of Fizz Studio, a startup specializing in making accessible data visualizations. Previously, Doug defined Web technologies and standards at W3C for a decade, where he launched or worked on fundamental projects such as SVG (and the Accessible SVG Task Force), WebApps, Web Audio API, Touch Events and Pointer Events, Web Annotations, and many other technologies, as well as starting the W3C developer relations program. Working with the accessibility community at W3C inspired Doug to found Fizz Studio, based in Chapel Hill, NC.

  • Lower Literacy: It’s Not the User, It’s the Product!

    Reading is a complex activity for our brains. We need to associate letters with sounds, and to understand the meaning of this music. Unfortunately for some users, this does not always work smoothly. It is complicated for people with reading or cognitive impairments but also for everybody depending on the context. Luckily, there are a lot of small improvements and tips every designer, content-writer and developer can use in a project to improve the life of all users. ------- Presenter Bio Damien Senger is a queer designer working as a Design Systems & Accessibility Lead in the healthcare industry for Castor EDC, in Amsterdam. Speaker, teacher and passionate about too many things, they fight every day for a more inclusive web. Through their different projects, Damien is trying to make the Web a more inclusive and accessible place, while focusing on collaboration and mentoring. By the way, Damien identifies as agender, so their pronouns are they/them.

  • Making Museums More Accessible: How Do We Overcome Barriers to Content?

    To celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Accessibility NYC is presenting a special Meetup on May 16th. By reinventing the museum, how can we ensure that culture and museums reach everyone? In creating new narratives, new pedagogical methods and new emotional propositions, museums are able to invite all visitors, including those with disabilities, to participate. The arts and culture are not experienced solely via sight; they engage all our senses. By multiplying the approaches related to the senses (tactile designs, audio, smells, manipulations, etc.), universal design offers a solution to make exhibitions more accessible while enlarging a museum's audience. Through inspiring examples of European and Canadian projects, Aurélia Fleury, Director of Tactile Studio will detail the singularity of the sensory and emotional approach as a solution for developing a more accessible and inclusive exhibition. ------- Presenter Bio: Aurélia Fleury is an expert in sensory accessibility and ergonomics. She worked for more than 10 years in the fields of culture and museums in Europe, advocating the universal design approach to make exhibitions and programs welcoming for all. She played a key role in the HumanKind Museum in Paris, first as accessibility manager in the renovation project, then as program coordinator for visitors. In 2017, she accepted a new challenge: to implement Tactile Studio, an inclusive design agency in North America. Since then she has been developing projects with national museums to increase the accessibility of their exhibitions (National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of History, Royal Ontario Museum, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum). She also gives academic lectures in various master's programs in museology. Tactile Studio is an inclusive design agency specializing in pedagogical and multi-sensory approach. Tactile has developed their own in- house digital manufacturing and supply chain – 3D design and modeling, production by digital manufacturing, 3D printing, laser cutting, digital printing and transforming the sensory experience of museums worldwide.

  • 2019 Digital Accessibility Trends--An Evening With Tim Springer, Level Access

    A data driven overview of where digital accessibility is heading in 2019. This includes the current state and projections for: The Market – Long term drivers on digital accessibility Laws and Regulations – Current state of the law in the U.S. and abroad Enforcement – Current state of ADA enforcement by industry, state and case type Accessibility Programs – Results from our 2019 survey on accessibility programs and best practice in the space Technology – Current and projected technology changes in digital accessibility ----- Presenter Bio Tim Springer founded Level Access with the vision of creating a world where all digital systems are accessible to people with disabilities. For two decades, Level Access has provided digital accessibility compliance solutions for corporations, government agencies and leading educational institutions. Tim views access to digital technology as a profound, empowering force in the lives of individuals with disabilities. As CEO of Level Access, he is dedicated to ensuring technology not only meet regulatory standards but supports real world use by individuals with disabilities. As founder of Level Access, Mr. Springer designed Level Access's core technology and led the development of InFocus(tm), the industry's first commercial software for testing Web accessibility. Tim served as the chief architect of the Accessibility Management Platform, Level Access's proprietary accessibility assessment methodology and wrote Level Access's programming language - the Document Compliance Query Language (DCQL). Mr. Springer advises many large public and private sector organizations on the technical challenges and best practices required to successfully achieve accessibility. He holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Computer Science from Stanford University. He was recently awarded recognition as a Champion of Change by the White House. Mr. Springer took over as the CEO of Level Access in 2003 during a period of significant strain on the company. He oversaw a complete redevelopment of the service and product offerings of the company and drastic realignment of the company operating team. Since then he has overseen growth in excess of 20% a year and the acquisition of the Bartimaeus Group and TecAccess.

  • Why Human Captioning?


    This talk will address the current state of the art in automated live captioning and discuss why a qualified human captioner is still the most appropriate choice in nearly all circumstances. It will also indulge in a little speculation about the future of live captioning and how the human and automated realms are likely to intersect going forward. -------- Presenter Bio Mirabai Knight is a Certified Realtime Captioner and Registered Diplomate Reporter, certified at 260 words per minute. She is the founder of the Open Steno Project and particularly loves captioning medical school classes and tech conferences.

  • Time Traveler's Guide to Accessibility Mechanics

    For a long time, HTML gave us all the semantics and other goodies we needed to make things work properly on the web. Then we started inventing new UI components, and now we use ARIA and Javascript to polyfill the missing bits. As we move towards a future of Web Components, the time has come to invent another solution that will let us encapsulate accessibility in the shadow DOM - and its called the Accessibility Object Model (AOM). Join us for an evening with presenter and accessibility engineer Léonie Watson as she leads us on a journey through accessibility mechanics. ------ Presenter Bio Léonie is Director of TetraLogical; a member of the W3C Advisory Board; co-Chair of the W3C Web Platform Working Group; and a member of the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Advisory Committee. Amongst other things, Léonie is co-organiser of the Inclusive Design 24 (#id24) conference; co-author of the Inclusive Design Principles; and mentor to young people interested in the fields of accessibility and inclusive design. She is also a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP). Léonie is often found at conferences, talking about web standards, accessibility mechanics, and pushing the boundaries of inclusive design (with existing technologies like SVG, HTML, ARIA, and JavaScript, as well as new technologies like AI and WebVR). She has also written about these things for Smashing magazine, SitePoint.com, and Net magazine, as well as on her own site Tink.UK. In her spare time, Léonie likes reading, cooking, drinking tequila, and dancing (although not necessarily in that order)!

  • If It's Interactive, It Needs a Focus Style


    Focus styles don't have to be ugly! Focus styles are an integral part of any mature design system. This talk will discuss the intersection of WCAG compliance and Inclusive Design, as well as new focus-related CSS selectors. Additionally, strategies for how to effectively implement them in your organization will be discussed. ----- Presenter Bio: Eric Bailey is a designer at thoughtbot, with a focus on accessible and inclusive design. He's a member of the A11y Project, an occasional author at CSS-Tricks, and recovering curmudgeon.

  • Pair Programming: Better Than Adderall


    For years Matt Kleiman’s Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and other learning disabilities deterred his success on traditional software development teams. Working alone, on globally distributed teams, and on amorphous tasks, Matt found himself struggling to meet the expectations of a software engineer. In an endless showdown against distractions, Matt almost gave up on his career. This is the story of how Pivotal Labs’ Extreme Programming practices empowered Matt. Pair programming provides Matt with a feedback loop for his thoughts and a partner to hold him accountable eight hours a day. Test-driven development provides him with a disciplined structure for operating and is the perfect counterweight to inevitable distractions. Matt’s journey has taught him why it’s so important to work in ways that allow individuals to flourish and for us to have empathy for the learning styles of our peers. -------- Presenter Bio: Matt Kleiman is passionate about transforming the way the world builds software. Matt struggled with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and other learning disabilities during his first 8 years in the tech industry. His first two years as a developer at Pivotal Labs NY provided him with such relief from his struggles that he was able to grow in ways he never even imagined. Today Matt is not only a software engineer and consultant, but he is also a manager at Pivotal Labs’ DC office, where he helps others craft their own career journeys. Matt loves traveling. This year he has flown 87,000 miles in 7 different countries. He and his wife are always looking for cheap flight deals they can turn into great vacations. This year he has put great care into the growth of his mustache, and he fondly refers to his travels as #MustacheOnTheMove. Ask him about the time he flew to Beijing and back in one weekend!

  • An Evening With Victor Calise, NYC Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

    Meet the Commissioner and come learn about New York City's comprehensive plan to improve quality of life for New Yorkers with disabilities in the areas of: transportation, employment, financial empowerment, housing, health, access (to City services) and education. ------ Presenter Bio As Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Victor Calise tirelessly advocates for the disability community in all City decision-making. Commissioner Calise chairs the Accessibility Committee of the City Building Code and leads efforts to integrate people with disabilities into the workforce through the NYC: ATWORK employment initiative. He also ensures that disability is at the forefront of technological developments including smart cities, autonomous vehicles, and digital accessibility. Recognized as an expert on disability, the Commissioner frequently participates in national and international conferences. A dedicated public servant, Calise previously led efforts within the Department of Parks and Recreation to make the city’s park system—one of the most complex in the world—universally accessible. Calise—an avid athlete—competed in the 1998 Paralympic Games as a member of the U.S. national sled hockey team. A native New Yorker, he is married with two daughters.

  • Accessibility NYC Social Night and Inclusive Design 24 Viewing Party

    Accessibility New York City is looking forward to having our October event focus on strengthening and making new connections in our community. Our event is timed to coincide with Inclusive Design 24 (#id24), a free 24-hour online event for the global community. It celebrates inclusive design and shares knowledge and ideas from analogue to digital, from design to development, from planners to practitioners, and everything and everyone in between. A11yNYC co-organizer Thomas Logan will be presenting at 1pm Eastern and there are 23 other great topics you can find listed on the official schedule https://inclusivedesign24.org/2018/schedule/. We plan to hold a social hour from 6:00 - 7:00pm and then have a viewing party from 7:00 - 8:00pm where the id24 hosts "will discuss their favourite webinars from the last 24 hours, and might have a drink or two!" We are planning to order pizza and have the usual fabulous selection of drink options. Hope to see you there! Please note we will not be live-streaming our own event this month, we will be watching the ID24 stream at thoughtbot.