- Two Talks on Design: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Accessibility
This month, we are featuring not one, but two talks on accessibility! Our guests include Michael J. Young from the Government of Ontario and Kenny Chan from Shopify: Talk 1 with Kenny Chan: Accessibility isn't just in development or in design. It's a multidisciplinary field that literally spans almost any job within an organization. By empowering every individual on a team with the correct knowledge and resources, we can work together to create accessible webpages, while ensuring that no discipline loses out on their opportunity to deliver top-notch work. Building a great product requires every single component performing at 100%. Talk 2 with Michael J. Young: Accessible by Design Colour contrast and alt tags are often the first things that come to mind when we think about accessible design, but what about the dozens of other aspects of visual design? Learn how to pick clear, readable typefaces, choose legible icons, and combine text and images to create accessible graphic design for the web, social media and print. Speaker Bios: Kenny Chan: Kenny Chan is currently working at Shopify on the Growth-UX team as a front-end developer with a background in user-centric design and engineering. His primary work focuses on merchant-facing properties and efforts to drive customers down the marketing funnel. This line of work results in a lot of collaborations with many different teams across the organization, spanning from SEO, to Content, to Data. In the past year, some of the projects that he has championed the development of include Shopify Academy and Shopify LA. Michael J. Young: Michael J. Young is a Creative Director and Design Lead for the Government of Ontario. With over 10 years of experience in the design industry, he helps government ministries and agencies create attractive designs that are AODA compliant and user-friendly.
- Talking Design with Adrian Roselli
#a11yTO is happy to have Adrian Roselli back with a brand new talk! Designers can have an outsized impact on the accessibility of a project, being the ones who produce the visuals that are often critical for understanding and sign-off. Adrian will talk about the ways designers contribute to the overall accessibility of a site or application. We'll look at typography, structure, documentation, colour, contrast and more. Each of these has a corresponding WCAG SC to help provide guidance. Please note, the Meetup is on the 24th floor - thanks!
- #a11yTO Spring Social
Ah, March. The month of the CSUN conference, the Spring Equinox, and... an #a11yTO Social! Come out of winter hibernation mode and join us for drinks at the Firkin Pub on Yonge. We love meeting new faces and catching up with old friends to talk inclusive design, accessibility, and all things wonderful! Looking forward to meeting you there!
- Use ARIA Now!
Everyone loves ARIA… or do they? ARIA was subject to heated debate at our last Meetup in January. Riding on that enthusiasm, this meetup will address ARIA: when to use it and how to use it successfully with #a11yTO's own Billy Gregory! We'll jump right in using ARIA with semantic HTML to create modern, accessible web applications. Using real code examples to solve common dilemmas, Billy will demonstrate various techniques that developers of any skill level can use to implement into their existing code to improve accessibility. Starting with the basics and working up to some more advanced examples, attendees will learn how to start using ARIA the right way, right now. This event will be live captioned.
- Digital Accessibility Panel
#a11yTO is kicking off 2019 with a panel on Digital Accessibility to start the year off right. We will be exploring implementing accessibility across different sectors and organizations from multiple angles. This panel is geared towards those who are brand new to working in digital accessibility and veterans alike, with an opportunity for audience members to ask their own questions. Our panelists include: Jose Bonifacio, UX/UI designer Bob Dodd, web developer Nermeen Mikhail, manager John Willis, strategist Rylan Vroom, digital accessibility specialist The panel will be moderated by your Meetup hosts: Nell and Lisa. #a11yTO events have live-captioning. And for those of you who live along the Niagara Escarpment or like to explore #a11y Meetups outside of Toronto, we are excited to share the news of a new digital accessibility and inclusive design Meetup in Hamilton! To join and find out more, check out #a11yHAM: https://www.meetup.com/a11yHAM-Meetup-Group/
- #a11yTO Community Lightning Talks!
This month, we are passing the mic over to you! We are pleased to announce our speakers from the #a11yTO community: Alan Cantor, Alicia Jarvis, Christina Petrut, and Russell Hoy - as well as George Zamfir from our wonderful host, Slack! Topics will be: Why Keyboard-only Access Still Matters; Inclusive DesignOps; Agile accessibility in a regulated industry; How (Not) To Teach Accessibility; and crafting a11y experiences vs. fixing accessibility. Please note, you will need to register at Slack on the 5th floor before heading down to the Meetup on the 3rd floor. This event will be lived captioned. Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend - that way we can open your spot up to someone else. Thanks!
- #a11yTO Conf is coming .... Social
Come enjoy a drink with the #a11yTO community at the Firkin on Yonge on Thursday, September 27th. This is our last Meetup before #a11yTO Conf. We will share the latest news about #a11yTO Conf and share our excitement with you! Looking forward to seeing you there!
- Five Free Test Tools To Check Your Website’s Accessibility!
Every #a11yTO member has heard of website accessibility, but do you know how to test for it yourself? This month, #a11yTO’s own John McNabb and his colleague Bill Anstice will show you how to audit a website with just five free tools! Learn how you can use a keyboard, a plugin, a contrast tool, a screen reader and magnifier for accessibility testing. The tools featured are free and you can apply the skills learnt at this Meetup right away in your work. John and Bill will share with you tools to assess website compliance with Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and test user-point-of-view (POV) - it’s going to be great!
- Re-imagining Accessibility Guidelines
#a11yTO is bringing in a very special guest for June's Meetup: Jeanne Spellman! Jeanne is a Facilitator of the Silver Task Force, which will succeed WCAG 2. Silver proposes to bring many improvements, for example: plain language, grades for conformance, support new technology (IOT, home assistants, etc.), evolutionary content, revolutionary structure, and making resources easier to find. The next major revision to W3C Accessibility Guidelines to succeed WCAG 2 is in process. Last year, #a11yTO Camp gave valuable input into the research. See the results of the research and the prototypes for the new guidelines. Give your input on what you want to see in the new accessibility guidelines. Jeanne Spellman joined the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) from 2008 to 2015 as the team contact for the Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, User Agent Accessibility Guidelines Working Group and the Mobile Accessibility Task Force. Jeanne joined the Paciello Group in 2016 and became a member of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group. She is currently co-facilitator of the Silver Task Force and co-chair of the W3C Silver Community Group. Note: #a11yTO will have live captioning at this event.