We’re a group of developers, designers, accessibility, usability and any other tech professionals who have an interest in digital (web, mobile, etc.) accessibility and inclusive design.
Who should join?
If you work on digital accessibility and are eager to share your knowledge, want to learn how to make your product or website accessible and inclusive of any user, and/or would like to network with like-minded professionals, our meetups are for you!
What to expect?
Our first event in September 2018 will allow us all to explore and discuss what we want this group to become and what needs we have around accessibility and inclusive design as a community. Expect to share current challenges and get to know each other!
Vancouver Digital Accessibility connects in the A11Y Slack workspace (go to web-a11y.herokuapp.com to join), in the #vancouver channel.
Using a screen reader to navigate a website is a much different experience than reading it visually. Since the screen reader utilizes the underlying code to interpret the website, ensuring usability and accessibility is very important. To improve accessibility, user testing can be an important part of the QA work done with websites.
Richard Marion, Access Coordinator at Translink, will demonstrate components of a user experience with different websites showing how screen readers like JAWS and NVDA interact with the different elements of the page. We will look at both good examples of websites and some websites that could use some accessibility improvements.
As part of the demonstration, we will look at some adjustments that can be made to the screen reader that can potentially improve or change the user experience.
**Please bring a laptop and headphones to join in the workshop of using a screen reader!**
Doors open at 5:30 PM and the activity will begin at 6:00 PM. Please try to arrive before 6:00 PM. Activity will be wrapped up by 8:00 PM and networking can continue until 8:30 PM.
Thanks to our sponsor, Central 1 for the space and Clio for food and drinks.