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As people rely more and more on the Internet for daily life, digital accessibility continues to increase in importance. In this Meetup, renowned web accessibility professional Dennis Lembree will lead a discussion on the many aspects of digital accessibility. To begin, a brief background on disability, guidelines and law will be presented. Guidelines and best practices for design, development, and testing will then be covered. Specific topics will range from ARIA to alternative text to color contrast. Many references will be provided. If you are involved in web design or development, don’t miss this wealth of practical knowledge. Feel free to come with questions!

Dennis Lembree is a Senior Accessibility Consultant at Deque Systems. He previously worked on the accessibility teams at eBay and PayPal. His extensive background includes web development, inclusive design, and program management. Dennis has published numerous articles, presented at various conferences, and led many webinars on the topic of digital accessibility. As personal projects, Dennis runs a blog on web accessibility, Web Axe, and created an award-winning web-accessible Twitter app, Easy Chirp.

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Want to speak? Just contact any organizer or assistant organizer - Pepper or Dieter

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Go for it!

Please consider moderating a meeting! It takes only a small amount of preparation and the back-and-forth discussion is much more lively than a Q&A session after a "powerpoint and bullets" lecture style presentation.

We often have Open Floor discussions on topics chosen by a volunteer moderator. Some tickler topics:

Building skills, or, what new software/services have you learned (or written!)

Tips and Techniques for effective design by newbies

Web SEO, marketing and evaluating results

Book or article reviews - read or written!

Focus Group style Web Site Tear Downs

- Mitch

Format of Meeting, and Time

We make a few minutes available as a meet-eat-and-greet time prior to any presentations or shop talk. We start formally at 7pm, but arriving at 6:45pm will give you time to get settled in and enjoy some pizza and soda courtesy of our host, Tek Systems.

We typically do a round-robin greeting just before the action starts at 7pm. We will end the greeting period with announcements, and then give the floor to the presenter or moderator.

Be sure to arrive early so you are not locked out of the doors on the first floor. They lock at 7pm.

We Thank Our Sponsors and Organizers
Peppergraphics (http://www.peppergraphics.com/)

Feliz Applications (http://www.felizapps.com/)

TekSystems (http://www.teksystems.com/locations/teksystems-united-states/raleigh)

MichaelKimsal (http://michaelkimsal.com/blog/)
About the Locations

Recent meetings have been held at TekSystems' offices at the corner of Edwards Mills and Trinity Road. Outside doors of the building lock at 7pm - we will try to have a posted paper with a cell number to call or text or have a person at the door - but arriving promptly will help avoid a wait and avoid someone having to leave the meeting to come downstairs to let you in..

We vacate the Tek Systems building by 9pm at the latest so staff can go home!