Introduction to Image Accessibility


When it comes to accessibility with images on the web, we are usually referring to the alt text. However, your images being fully accessible goes way beyond just making sure this attribute is present. What text gets put, or not put, inside of it depends greatly on the purpose of the image. This talk will takes a closer look at the different purposes an image can have and how that impacts the contents of its alt text as well as its level of accessibility. You will walk away from this talk with a greater understanding of how to better write alt text for your site's images, therefore improving accessibility in the process.

Skill Level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced):

Amanda Hasenzahl, Web Developer at Lewis Communications

Speaker Bio:
Amanda is a self-taught developer who made the transition to tech from the world of outdoor recreation and customer service. One of her favorite things is watching her code come to life on screen, while also making sure that it is written cleanly and is accessible to as many people as possible. She enjoys learning something new every day and trying to be the best version of herself that she can be.


How To Find Us:
Use the South Lobby entrance by the Cinco de Mayo restaurant. Take a right at the first hallway and take your first left, which leads to elevator A. Take this elevator to the third floor and enter the door straight ahead that says "Eventbrite". If you have trouble finding us, please email [masked] or call[masked].

Meeting Agenda:
5:30-6:00 – arrive, socialize, hack, eat snacks
6:00-6:15 – introductions, announcements
6:15-7:15 – the main event: coding, learning, speaker, Q&A, etc.
7:15-7:30 – wrap up

(Listed starting with cheapest options)

Bike Parking:
Free bike parking is available in front of Cummins Station. Don't forget your bike lock and reflectors for riding home at night!

Less Than $2 or Free Street Parking:
1. Free street parking is available nearby on 10th Ave South, Palmer Place, and Lea Ave.

2. All of the parallel parking spaces along the front of Cummins Station (and the nearby streets) are free after 6pm. If you arrive earlier than 6pm, put in just enough exact change (about $2) to cover you until the spots turn free at 6pm. Details:

Paid Parking:
1. 805 Lea Ave. Last time we checked, parking is $5 for up to 2 hours and $10-$20 for between 2-10 hours. Map and details:

2. 209 10th Ave South (directly across from Cummins Station). Pricing varies. Last time we inquired, the rate was $9/hour after 5pm, unless there is special event pricing. If you eat in a restaurant in Cummins Station, you can get your parking validated, which reduces the cost. But check with the restaurant before dining to confirm. Map and details:

Note on other paid parking lots nearby:
Last time we checked, 815 Lea Ave and[masked]th Ave South are permit parking only.

Note on the First parking lot:
Parking in Frist Art Museum lots is only for those visiting the Frist Art Museum, volunteers, and staff:

Accessible Parking:
Parking lots mentioned above should have dedicated accessible parking spots. Note that street parking and the front of Cummins Station spots are unfortunately not accessible.


If you have any more questions, feel free to contact us, your organizers, via Meetup or at [masked]. We look forward to seeing you!