Digital Accessibility: Lightning Talks & Holiday Social


Join us for a mix of lightning talks, holiday merrymaking and give-aways (!) for attendees.

This event will be live-streamed and captioned (6:30 to 8 p.m.) —
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- 5:30 p.m.: Doors open
- 6:15 p.m.: Announcements
- 6:30-8 p.m.: Talks, social and give-aways
- 8 p.m. Event ends

Our presentation lineup (in no particular order)

"Designing Accessible Sign Up Forms" - Michellanne Li

As part of the interview process for a position as an a11y professional, Michellanne redesigned the flow of a sign up form to address the needs of individuals with disabilities. Michellanne would love to walk through the original form and its a11y problems and then speak to how she addressed them and documented her work.

Bio: As a designer with a strong development background, Michellanne Li creates and manages design systems, from color palette and typography to navigation and functionality. She loves tinkering to build great designs that serve client needs while being easy to use and fun to look at—and her integrated approach produces engaging, accessible results.

"What's up with the captions?" - Imelda March

This presentation aims to highlight the importance of captions on TV, movies and streaming services. Additionally, Imelda will stress the importance of producing an inclusive video.

Bio: Imelda March is a UX Designer open to contract and full-time work. As a career changer, she is looking to continue her career journey as a user experience designer (UX) and creating information systems that are simpler and efficient for the end user. When Imelda is not designing for digital, she rides her bike even in Chicago's worst conditions.

"Focus Management" - Dhiraj Indurthy

Focus Management is required to preserve meaning while the user navigates through the website. There are many things to consider to handle Focus Management. Dhiraj will be showing some of the most important things with examples from his real time experience. They include usage of tab indices, structured HTML, implementation of arrow key functionality.

Bio: Dhiraj Indurthy is an User Interface Developer for the past 7 years. He has worked with Accessibility for four years including consulting and developing. Dhiraj has dealt with important features like keyboard navigation, screen reader responses, focus management, color contrast and text zoom considerations, and image handling.

"Accessibility Across Your Organization" - Viktor Köves

The initial push for accessibility can start from a variety of places in an organization, from engineers, designers, or customers. Once your company starts thinking about accessibility, how do you get everyone on board? In this lightning talk, Viktor details how he worked across departments at Packback to spread awareness and improve accessibility across the company, including integrating accessibility into design and quality assurance.

Bio: Viktor is a front-end engineer and accessibility specialist at Packback, a Chicago based education technology startup. He is passionate about user experience and has integrated a lot of his new accessibility knowledge into design.

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Voiceover" - Rachel Hyman

A technical look into implementing accessibility on iOS through Voiceover and Dynamic Type.

Bio: Rachel is an iOS engineer working for Sittercity on apps that make childcare finally work. On the side, she freelances for the songwriting app Hum and spends time with her shiba, Kenny.

About the Venue Sponsor

The Nerdery ( - Nerdery takes companies from today to their digital future, working at the leading edge of strategy, design and technology to help clients evolve and thrive.

An Accessible Experience

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