@uxColumbia (http://www.twitter.com/uxcolumbia) We plan and create online experiences for screens. Let's meet casually to discuss the theoretical principles and practical application of our craft. Along the way, we may laugh, argue and/or commiserate. We shall certainly eat and drink.
Thousands of companies from almost every industry and market are in legal hot water because their websites and applications are difficult for people with disabilities to use. We're talking industry giants like Pandora, Nike, Burger King, and Dominos all the way down to regional and local businesses. Even Beyonce has faced threat of lawsuit for not following web accessibility guidelines online. If it can happen to Beyonce, it can happen to you.
Of course, making your digital products accessible for everyone isn't just the law, it's also the right thing to do. Your company should be striving to create pleasant digital experiences for everyone simply because it's good customer service. But it can be tricky to make sure your site or app is truly accessible for all. What are the digital issues users with disabilities face? What kind of assistive technology do they use? How do you remove the barriers keeping these customers from interacting with you online?
Join our April panel for a discussion with accessibility experts that use assistive technology themselves. They'll talk about their frustrations online and what we, creators of digital products, should do to make sure we're serving all users excellently online. You'll leave understanding how to make your website or application better for all.
And, yes, armed with knowledge for making more accessible products, you'll also be better prepared to avoid legal action. Heck, bring your legal team! They need to hear this too.
6pm: Networking and happy hour
7pm: Panel starts
8:30pm: Wrap up
Free pizza and beer!
SOCO Vista is located above Jason’s Deli on Gervais St. Enter through the side door in the walkway and go up to the second floor via the stairs or elevator.
Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available at SOCO Vista.
WHERE TO PARK
Vista parking can be a little stressful, but there are usually spaces on Lady Street or Lincoln during the early evening hours. Parking is also always available in the parking garage next to the Aloft hotel, located right behind SOCO Vista.