London Accessibility Meetup #27

This is a past event

65 people went

Price: £1.50 /per person

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd

33 Holborn, London · EC1N 2HT

How to find us

The large glass fronted building overlooking Holborn Circus

Location image of event venue

Details

YouTube Live Stream (from 19:00) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFrFArlNj2c

Ask questions remotely with code T203 at https://www.sli.do/

Talk 1: Social Media Accessibility - Gian Wild (AccessibilityOz)

Social media accessibility is an incredibly important tool in modern society. It is not just the young who access social media, with close to 30% of people over the age of 65 interacting on social networking sites, and 50% of people aged 50 - 64. As the percentage of recruiters who use LinkedIn is now 95%, social media is becoming an essential part of negotiating the current working environment.

The main reason why social media is not accessible is that social networking sites and apps are almost continually refreshed. Facebook sometimes changes twice a day. This, coupled with a lack of a formal testing process, means that what may be accessible today may be literally gone tomorrow.

Gian goes through the accessibility issues of each of the main social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn) and discusses ways that you can make sure your social media content is accessible.

Gian Wild is the CEO, Founder and President of AccessibilityOz, established in Australia in 2011, and the United States in 2015. Gian has worked in the accessibility industry since 1998. She worked on the first Level AAA accessible web site in Australia (Disability Information Victoria) and developed one of the first automated accessibility testing tools, PurpleCop, in 2000. Gian often speaks at both web and accessibility conferences around the world.

Twitter - https://twitter.com/a11ywizard

Talk 2: EYEWARE App - Robin Spinks (Royal National Institute of Blind People - RNIB)

Robin will introduce a new augmented reality tool which RNIB has developed in partnership with Transport Systems Catapult. EYEWARE aims to provide a unique insight into the types of barriers experienced by blind and partially sighted people. The application aims to inform and educate anyone quickly, enabling the development of more inclusive products and services.

Download EYEWARE before the event:

iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eyeware/id1169994271?mt=8

Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.transportsystemscatapult.EyeWarePro&hl=en

Robin Spinks currently works as Senior Innovation and Technology Relationships Manager at RNIB where he leads on the development of innovative strategic partnerships with the technology sector globally.

After completing his professional training as a Careers Adviser, Robin has worked in the disability space for nineteen years. Four of those were spent in international development, working with NGOs, the private sector and governments in Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean.

Robin is an active member of various innovation company strategy boards including Google and Microsoft where he provides expertise and deep community understanding of the needs of disabled people. He routinely speaks to national and international press on access and inclusion issues and has published on the lived experiences of persons with low vision. Robin is currently Vice Chair of the World Blind Union (WBU) Technology Committee and a board member of the UK government backed Institute of Coding.

As a tech enthusiast, trainer and futurologist, Robin travels extensively promoting the potential of digital technology, inclusive design and organisational culture. His current interests include the accessible smartphone as a life device, artificial intelligence and intelligent mobility. Robin was honoured to participate in the Olympic torch relay at the 2018 winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Twitter - https://twitter.com/robinspinks

Schedule:

18:00: Registration opens - networking, drinks and pizza
19:00: Talk 1: Social Media Accessibility - Gian Wild
19:45: Break
20:15: Talk 2: EYEWARE App - Robin Spinks
21:00: Close - join us for networking in a local pub