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Global Accessibility Awareness Day + LA Tech Happy Hour

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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 :)
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.
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.
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) (
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. ( (
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 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 (
Yahoo! ( is providing their wonderful facility and food! Thanks Yahoo!
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.
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.
If you need a ride or can offer a ride, please post a comment underneath this meetup
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