• To Boldly Go Where No SPA Has Gone Before…

    United Airlines - Digital Delivery Center (HDQGO)

    Join us for a talk about single page application (SPA) on Tuesday, June 18th at the United Airlines Digital Delivery Center! Is your single page application (SPA) being sucked into a black hole of inaccessibility? Learn high level concepts, pitfalls, gotchas, and other accessible considerations (ARIA, focus management, and content communication) that will help you navigate your way through the new frontier of inclusive design for single page applications. This topic is best suited for user experience (UX) designers, front end engineers, or anyone else that is interested in ecommerce, software development, and other applications that uses libraries like AngularJS, Ember, ReactJS, VueJS, etc... Don't worry if you don't know code, this topic is about concepts, so very little code will be discussed. **Please RSVP by noon on Monday, June 17** ----- Schedule - 5:30 p.m.: Doors open - 6:15 p.m.: Housekeeping announcements - 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Presentation / Q&A - 7:30 p.m.: Socializing begins - 8:00 p.m.: Socializing / Event ends ----- About the speaker Seth Kane (he/him), CPWA, CPACC, WAS, is a Senior Architect of Accessibility and Compliance for Foot Locker, Inc. He has more than 20 years of marketing, advertising, software and consulting experience providing subject matter expertise in inclusive design, accessibility, and front end engineering focusing on rich single page applications, responsive website design, mobile applications, e-commerce, and CMS driven technology solutions. ----- This event will be live-streamed and captioned -- Live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xNZst236jY Live captions: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CDA ----- About the Venue Sponsor United Airlines and United Express (https://www.united.com) operate approximately 4,700 flights a day to 356 airports across five continents. In 2017, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 148 million customers. Venue: - Has ADA restrooms and an all-gender restroom - Has ADA doors - Has elevators - Service animals welcome United is providing light refreshments, soda, and water. ----- An Accessible Experience If you need accommodation for this event, please contact us ASAP, so we can ensure we can accommodate you. We’ll update this event page to note any new details and accessibility info.

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  • Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019

    Accenture

    As part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), we’re celebrating this day by hosting four disabled panelists: - Allen West (blind), Adaptive Technology Instructor - Carly Ho (autism / invisible disability), Engineer - Liz Davis (wheelchair user), UX/UI Designer - Melissa Manak (deaf/hard-of-hearing), UX/Interaction Designer In a format similar to speed dating, groups of attendees will visit each panelist, listening and learning from their insights. After 15 minutes, the group will rotate to the next panelist. https://www.globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/ ----- Schedule - 5:45 pm: Doors open to attendees - 6:10 pm: Housekeeping announcements - 6:25 pm: Panel Introductions - 6:30 pm: Panel begins - 7:30 pm: Panel ends / Social begins - 8:00 pm: Social / Event ends This meetup is great for everyone, especially for those wanting to learn how to advocate for better accessibility and inclusive experience. ----- About the Venue Sponsor Accenture (www.accenture.com) solves their clients' toughest challenges by providing unmatched services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Venue: - Has gender neutral restrooms - Has elevators - Service animals welcome Take the escalators or elevator to the 3rd floor for security check in. Because of building policy, attendees will need to check-in at the security desk and present a photo ID. Then on to the 22nd floor for the event. Accenture is providing food and drinks: Cheese and fruit trays, with baked goods, including gluten free sweets too. Accenture can also hold a plate in the back for anyone observing Ramadan. ----- Due to this type of event, it will not be live streamed or captioned. ----- An Accessible Experience If you need accommodations for this event, comment/message here in Meetup or at [masked] as soon as possible, so we can ensure it. This event will have American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters for attendees. If you need Pro-Tactile sign language interpreters, let us know and we’ll work to secure them. ASL Interpreting is sponsored by McDonald’s Corporation (Accessibility, Global Digital Capabilities) We’ll update this event page to note any new accessibility info.

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  • Accessibility in Voice Experiences

    Nerdery

    Join us for a talk about accessibility in voice experiences! Many people say the words, "Hey, Siri..." or "Alexa..." every day. Voice interfaces have increasingly become part of our lives and culture, assisting us in ways from providing weather updates to turning the thermostat up to finding tickets for Avengers: Endgame. Traditionally voice can be an alternative interface to visual experiences. How does this change when voice becomes the primary interface? Diana Deibel, Jeff Mau and Keith Soljacich will dive into design considerations for mental models, inclusivity and emerging technologies for enhancing voice experiences. This meetup is great for everyone, but in particular for designers, strategists and product owners/managers. ----- Schedule - 5:30 p.m.: Doors open - 6:15 p.m.: Housekeeping announcements - 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Presentation / Q&A - 7:30 p.m.: Socializing begins - 8:00 p.m.: Socializing / Event ends ----- About the speakers Jeff Mau, VP/Director, Experience Strategy, Digitas Keith Soljacich, VP/Group Director, Emerging Technologies, Digitas Diana Deibel, Lead Designer, Grand Studio ----- This event will be live-streamed and captioned -- Live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29SneVTDHBY Live captions: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CDA ----- About the Venue Sponsor Nerdery (https://www.nerdery.com) 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 If you need accommodation for this event, please contact us ASAP, so we can ensure we can accommodate you.

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  • A11YChi Social - March

    Revival Food Hall

    No talk for this month, but join us for our first social since 2015! We’ll meet at Revival Food Hall from 5:30 - 8 p.m. (Food vendors close at 7 p.m. but the food hall and bar stay open until 9 p.m.) Get to know other members of the A11YChi community — talk about what you’re working on, what you learned at CSUN, or why accessibility and inclusive design are important to you. Or bring a friend or colleague who's curious about accessibility. Come for 30 minutes or stay for the entire time — Feel free to come and go as you please! You will be able to buy a variety of drinks or food in the food hall. Hope to see you there! --------------- About the Venue - Revival Food Hall (www.revivalfoodhall.com) is located near the Monroe Blue Line stop. - Revival has a cafe-bar where you can buy alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Food can also be bought on site. A list of food vendors and menus can be found on their website. Venue Accessibility Notes - Venue is ground floor and is stairs-free. - All entrances have ADA doors, but the entrances on Clark and Adams may have weather-related sign posts blocking the pathway. If that’s the case, we’ll ask security/staff to relocate them. - An non-blocked ADA door can be found when entering from the Marquette Building (An ADA door into the Marquette Building is on Dearborn) - The Clark entrance is the only entrance open after 7 pm. - Each restroom has one ADA stall, but there are no family-style or gender-neutral restrooms. - Heads-up: The space has dimmed lighting. We’ll update this event page to note any new accessibility info. ---------- How to Find Us - Look for an A11YChi sign on our table. - We will post a comment of where we are sitting at the start of the social - If you’d like an assistance from the entrance(s), let us know and we’ll arrange it.

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  • No Bad Legos: Automated Accessibility Testing

    Join us for a talk about automated accessibility testing in component driven development! Howie Bollinger, a front end developer at RedShelf, will talk about building accessible software from individual components that are tested and reusable. Here’s more information about his presentation: No Bad Legos: A Toy Box For Everybody People often like to think of a piece of software as greater than the sum of its parts. But what if the individual parts are garbage? Using component driven development, we can make sure the building blocks of our applications are robust, reusable, and tested. When we break development down in this way, we can give each individual component the attention it needs in regards to accessibility. This meetup is perfect for everyone, but in particular, developers. ----- Schedule - 5:30 p.m.: Doors open - 6:15 p.m.: Housekeeping announcements - 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Presentation - 7:30 p.m.: Socializing begins - 8:00 p.m. Socializing / Event ends ----- This event will be live-streamed and captioned -- Live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h3pc74Lpvw Live captions: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CDA ----- About the Speaker Howie Bollinger is a front end developer in Chicago who fell into the world of accessibility while working in the higher education industry at RedShelf. ----- About Our Venue Sponsor This event will be hosted by RedShelf (https://about.redshelf.com/), a leading supplier of digital learning materials providing technology to the learning community to accelerate the transition to digital. RedShelf is located on the northwest corner of Dearborn and Illinois. ----- An Accessible Experience If you need accommodation for this event, please contact us ASAP, so we can ensure we can accommodate you.

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  • Nurturing a Neurodiverse Workplace

    Sprout Social HQ

    Join us for a talk about growing a neurodiverse work team! Amy Johnson will share her experiences in using her self-awareness as a tool in her work and approaching design from a different direction. She'll cover topics including: -The benefits of hiring those with atypical brains. -How to best collaborate with individuals who have ADD, ADHD, Autism, and more. -How to make your work environment healthier and more flexible for all, both neurotypical and atypical. This meetup is perfect for everyone, but in particular, designers. ----- Schedule - 5:30 p.m.: Doors open - 6:15 p.m.: Housekeeping announcements - 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Presentation - 7:30 p.m.: Socializing begins - 8:00 p.m. Socializing / Event ends ----- This event will be live-streamed and captioned -- Live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQMMDNLYTgk Live captions: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CDA ----- About the Speaker Amy creates native mobile components for Arity's Pattern Library team. Working in several different design environments prior to Arity, she has a unique perspective on what it means to design and work with others while being on the Autism spectrum. She creates work that is direct and purposeful. She is a neurodiversity advocate and promotes accessibility in her designs. The philosophies she holds in her work directly relate to her priorities in life. Prior to Arity, Amy was a Mobile Visual Designer for Allstate Insurance, a Product Designer and Android expert for Next Radio (Emmis Communications) and a Visual Experience Designer at Motorola Mobility working on Motorola.com and MotoMaker. ----- About Our Venue Sponsor This event will be hosted by Sprout Social (https://sproutsocial.com/), located on the corner of Adams and Dearborn. Sprout Social offers deep social media listening and analytics, social management, customer care, and advocacy solutions for leading brands and agencies. ----- An Accessible Experience If you need accommodation for this event, please contact us ASAP, so we can ensure we can accommodate you. Note: The building does not have automatic doors, but security can provide assistance into the building.

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  • 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.) — Live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQbPiv0dAZk Live captions: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CDA Schedule - 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 (https://www.nerdery.com) - 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 If you need accommodation for this event, please contact us ASAP, so we can ensure we can accommodate you.

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  • Diving into Digital Accessibility: UX Design

    WeWork The National

    As part of their work at Designation, Nellie, Mary and Josh helped design the website for A11yChi’s Accessibility Camp Chicago 2018 (https://a11ycampchi.org). As new designers with little to no experience with digital accessibility, they explored the inclusive design landscape with a particular focus on testing with screen reader users. They want to share their journey of ups and downs, practical tips, and how to jump into the unknown. This talk is great for anyone who's curious or wanting to learn how to incorporate accessibility and inclusive design into their user experience (UX) research process and interviews. ----- About the speakers Nellie Dankmyer, Mary Heer, and Josh Miller are recent graduates of Designation, a 6-month immersive UX/UI program, where they learned how to create UX digital solutions for real clients - A11yChi being one of them. ----- About Designation Designation (https://designation.io) is the leading digital design education program. Over 500 graduates from around the world and every professional background have launched or advanced their digital design career at Designation. ----- Schedule - 5:30 p.m.: Doors open - 6:15 p.m.: Housekeeping announcements - 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Presentation and Q&A - 7:30 p.m.: Socializing begins - 8:00 p.m. Socializing / Event ends ----- This event will be live-streamed and captioned (6:30-7:30 p.m.) — Live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV24j43m5kA Live captions: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CDA ----- About the Venue Sponsor With its prime location in the Chicago Loop, the WeWork / National Building (https://www.wework.com/buildings/the-national--chicago--IL) is in the heart of the city’s bustling business district. Their coworking space sits on four floors of this beautifully renovated space and provides comfy lounge areas and ample conference rooms. ----- An Accessible Experience If you need accommodation for this event, please contact us ASAP, so we can ensure we can accommodate you.

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  • Accessibility 101 with Girl Develop It (GDI) Chicago

    Join this A11YChi x Girl Develop It (GDI) Chicago partnership event on Tuesday, October 2nd for a free preview of GDI's Web Accessibility class (Saturday, Oct. 6th). Learn a few basics and whether this class (https://www.meetup.com/Girl-Develop-It-Chicago-IL/events/253741407/) is right for you. Margie Chubin, a software engineer at Sprout Social, will cover different types of disabilities, what WCAG means, and how designing and developing with accessibility in mind can improve your web and software projects for everyone. This is a must-have skill for anyone who works on the web, including developers, designers, testers, and product owners. Food and beverages will be provided by RedShelf: - Pizza (gluten free and vegetarian options included) - Soda, beer and wine ----- About the speaker Margie Chubin is a computer science graduate from UIUC, where she studied accessibility, and is now an active advocate to her coworkers and peers. She believes everyone should be able to use technology, including individuals with disabilities. When not coding or discussing accessibility best practices, you can find Margie cooking or eating food. ----- About Girl Develop It GDI's mission is focused on providing opportunities for women to learn web and software development, but their classes and events are open to all genders and identities. ----- Schedule - 5:30 p.m.: Doors open - 6:15 p.m.: Housekeeping announcements - 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Presentation and Q&A - 7:30 p.m.: Socializing begins - 8:00 p.m. Socializing / Event ends ----- This event will be live-streamed and captioned (6:30-7:30 p.m.) — Live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sVrPf9fvn0 Live captions: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CDA ----- About the Venue Sponsor This event will be hosted by RedShelf (https://about.redshelf.com/), a leading supplier of digital learning materials providing technology to the learning community to accelerate the transition to digital. ----- An Accessible Experience If you need accommodation for this event, please contact us ASAP, so we can ensure we can accommodate you.

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  • Digging into Inclusive Design with Derek Featherstone

    Accenture Digital

    Schedule: - 5:30pm: Doors open. - 5:45pm: Housekeeping announcements - 6:00pm Formal presentation begins - 6:45pm: Q&A and Inclusive Design Discussion - 7:30pm: Formal program ends, network and socialize - 8:00pm: Meetup ends Live stream information: - Live stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ5Yh6vBNn8 - Live captions: http://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CDA For years we’ve been making sure that we’re making our stuff accessible to people with disabilities. We’ve relied on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to... wait for it... guide us in our work. It has served us well, and will continue to do so. But these guidelines are all about the outcome — how we measure accessibility. They don’t prescribe how we get to that outcome. So how can we make sure that we’re consistently hitting that outcome? This is where inclusive design comes in and how we can ensure that we’re including people with all disabilities in our work. In this session, join Derek Featherstone as we dig into inclusive design as a practice and how it helps you systematically reach your goal of making things accessible. Derek will lead you through a 45 min presentation and then we’ll have a full block of 45 minutes for questions and answers (Q&A). About Derek Featherstone Derek Featherstone is an internationally known speaker and authority on accessibility and inclusive design. He has been working on the web since 1999, starting as a web developer. He migrated to the field of accessibility and quickly discovered the need to move thinking about accessibility and inclusion into the design process. Derek is a former high school teacher, that brings his passion for education to the web industry. He founded and led an international team of accessibility and usability experts at Simply Accessible, working with high profile clients to ensure they were crafting and facilitating great user experiences for everyone, including people with disabilities. Simply Accessible was recently acquired by Level Access, where Derek is now the Chief Experience Officer – focused on ensuring that accessibility and inclusion are seen as an integral part of user experience and service design, rather than as a simple checklist afterthought. Derek lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife and their 4 children. He’s also a fitness instructor and 3 time IronMan triathlon finisher.

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