Web Accessibility Testing and Development: Part II

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If you liked getting into the basics of web accessibility testing and development back in July, you'll enjoy diving deeper into advanced techniques this month.

Schedule:
6:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. - Doors & Registration
6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Food & Networking
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - Presentations and Q&A

Building Accessibility into your Workflow
Speaker: Nathan Lilly, UI Engineer, Comcast

Before you manually review your pages in an assistive technology device the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) recommends that you use an automated testing tools to check your page. So you stop everything and review your page with a third-party website or browser extension… if you remember to. Why wait until you're that far into development? Let's build accessibility testing into your workflow, and prevent common errors from even being committed in the first place. I'll give an overview of tools that exist, and share some code to help customize your own workflow. Familiarity with accessible development is not needed, but you should be familiar with HTML, JavaScript, Git, and NPM.

Taming Frankenstein's Monster
Speaker: Ryan Dudek, UX Technology Lead at EY Design Studio PHL

Dr. Frankenstein's newest web app is riddled with terrible UX patterns, and especially horrible accessibility issues. The users are enraged and demand fixes. We are going to work with Dr. Frankenstein and his misunderstood monster and try to save the day.

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About our Speakers:
Nathan Lilly is a UI Engineer at Comcast where he works on the Help and Support website. He has been developing websites since 1998 and recently received his Certified Web Professional in Accessibility certificate from the IAAP. He is an amateur dilettante who is constantly finding new various topics to love: in programming, creativity, the arts, history, philosophy, machine learning, cognitive science, superhero movies, and space westerns.

Ryan Dudek is a developer with a background in design and an interest in usability. He believes that accessibility should never be restricted by design, and that without testing your product with users, you will never know if it is actually usable. He is a UX Technology Lead at EY Design Studio PHL.

Huge thanks to:
- Eastern Standard, for letting us use their space and providing food!
- Comcast, for covering the cost of CART (live captioning)

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