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London Accessibility Meetup #20
At this months meetup we welcome back Sarah Richards and Alistair Duggin. Sarah Richards will be talking about the Readability Guidelines project - an ongoing collaborative mission to create a content style guide that is accessible, usable and evidenced. Alistair Duggin will be sharing 'A four-part accessible design strategy' - a way to break down the challenge of creating products and services that work for the widest possible audience. TALK 1: The readability guidelines project, Sarah Richards I see many content designers spending time talking – arguing – about points of style when often accessibility and usability show what we should do. What if there was one place where we, as a community, shared knowledge and created a style guide that was accessible, usable and – if we wanted – evidenced? We could then spend time on the things that matter more to our organisations. The Readability guidelines project is an ongoing collaborative project. Sarah will share the background, progress and how you can get involved. Sarah owns the Content Design Centre, providing training and consultation in content strategy and content design for governments and organisations around the world. Sarah spent 10 years working in the UK government, ending as head of content design for the Government Digital Service (GDS). There she created and developed content design as a discipline for the GOV.UK website and has authored Content Design, a book for anyone creating user-centred content. TALK 2: A four-part accessible design strategy, Derek Featherstone Making something accessible is about much more than just following a checklist. But sometimes teams need to know where to start. This talk will outline a 4-part strategy for making digital products and service accessible. Following this approach will immediately improve the usability for everyone - and will kick-start the delivery team’s understanding of how to go on to make a product truly accessible. Alistair Duggin is Head of Accessibility at the Government Digital Service and is responsible for making sure that GOV.UK is as accessible as possible. He was a frontend developer at the BBC for over 11 years with roles including Lead Frontend Developer and Accessibility Champion on the BBC 2012 Olympics websites and Principal Web Developer on BBC Weather. More recently, he has been Lead Frontend Developer at the Money Advice Service and on Pension Wise for HM Treasury. Schedule: 6:00 Registration and networking, drinks and pizza 7:00 Open 7:10 Talk 1: The readability guidelines project, Sarah Richards 7:40 Break 8:00 Talk 2: A four-part accessible design strategy, Alistair Duggin 9:00 Close Join us for networking in a local pub, The Draft House (1 Plough Place, London, EC4A 1DE)

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