- A11ySea Summer Picnic
It's summertime! Join A11ySea for a day out at Jefferson Park. Bring yourself, family and friends, something to eat, and something to share if you're inclined. We'll be meeting at picnic shelter #3, but feel free to enjoy all of the features the park has to offer, like the trails, spray park, skate park, and the food forest. If you're able, bring a few bucks to help us cover the picnic space rental or other accommodations, but no fee is required. Venue: Jefferson Park 3801 Beacon Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98108 Accommodations: ASL or other accommodations are available by request. Please let us know as soon as possible to allow enough time for planning and scheduling. Restrooms are located south of the picnic shelter. Paths to the picnic shelter and around the majority of the park are paved. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns about accommodations. Directions: Jefferson Park is located in Beacon Hill, framed between 15th Avenue South on its west side, South Spokane Street on the north, and Beacon Avenue South on the east. We'll be meeting at picnic shelter #3, which is on the north side of the park just off of Spokane Street, between the amphitheater and the fire department. Parking: Parking is available on the east side off of Beacon Avenue S, as well as on the southwest side off of Dakota Street. Transit: The park is served by metro routes #36, #50, #60, and #107, and is about 1/2 mile from the Beacon Hill light rail station. Jefferson park website: https://www.seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/jefferson-park PDF map: http://www.seattle.gov/documents/Departments/ParksAndRecreation/Reserve/Picnic/jefferson.pdf
- Roundtable/Discussion: Being an Effective A11y Advocate in Your Organization
An open round-table discussion on how to be a more effective accessibility advocate in your organization. Whether you're the lone voice for accessibility in your organization, a member of an accessibility team, or the leader of that team, come to share your experience and learn new approaches and strategies. Bring your case studies, questions and experiences to the group. We'll have food and drinks. Accommodations: ASL or other accommodations are available by request. Please let us know as soon as possible to allow enough time for planning and scheduling. Agenda 6:00 Check-in & Food Wrangling 6:30 Discussion 7:30 Wrap Up & Networking 8:00 Adjourn Food & Drinks sponsored by Glympse The Venue: Glympse[masked]th Ave #300 Seattle, WA 98122 To access the building, please take the walkway off 11th Ave between Pettirosso and Marmite. At the end of the walkway, turn right and follow along the building until you see an entrance on the right that says "Chop House Row Entrance". Go through that door and continue forward until you see an elevator on your left. Take it to the third floor. Transit: Light Rail, First Hill Streetcar, Buses #2, #9, #11, #12, #43, #49, #60. Paid parking and limited parking available in the neighborhood. Accessibility considerations of the space itself: • restrooms are wheelchair accessible • there is a flight of stairs leading from the third floor to the mezzanine where we hold meetups. If you need the elevator to the mezzanine just ask any Glympse employee to accompany you -- it requires a key fob to get to that floor • the space is low scent, but not completely scent free as some bathroom products are scented and occasionally there are cooking smells from restaurants in the building
- A11ySea Social/Discussion at Optimism Brewing
We've heard that A11ySea members are looking for a less formal setting to share ideas and get inspired. Join us at Optimism Brewing on Capitol Hill to share your successes (and most interesting failures) from working to champion and improve experiences for every web and mobile user. This event is FREE Food & Drinks: Lots of beers & fizzy water on tap. Bring food or visit the food truck on site: https://www.seattlefoodtruck.com/food-trucks/macho-burgers Event location: Optimism Brewing (https://optimismbrewing.com/) 1158 Broadway (at E Union St) Venue is all-ages & dog-friendly. The space is physically accessible. Accommodations: ASL or other accommodations are available by request. Please let us know as soon as possible to allow enough time for planning and scheduling. Transit: Light Rail, First Hill Streetcar, Buses #2, #11, #9, #43, #49, #60 Parking options: https://optimismbrewing.com/parking
- Accessibility Checklist for UX Designers
Arrival at Blink: There is street parking on Western and along Alaskan Way. It is free after 6. Walking in from a bus, use either Spring or Madison for the quickest way. But they are also steep streets. There are two sets of doors at the front of the building to the lobby. We will have a greeter to direct to the elevators. Four elevators, two on each side. Blink is the sixth floor. The check-in table will right at the elevators on 6. Snacks and beverages will be provided. The lobby is locked after 6 and a secure place to wait for a pickup. Meeting info: WiFi network = Welcome WiFI password = overtherainbow Restrooms = a single room near entrance Mens and Womens down the hall away from the entrance Twitter = a11ysea 6:00 - Check-in 6:15 - Announcements/Presentation 7:15 Q&A/Networking 7:30 Adjourn Accessibility checklist for UX Designers Many UX designers ask - Where to start with Accessibility? I've used good color contrast, is that enough for Accessibility? What's my responsibility as a designer to include Accessibility? Accessibility seems to be a daunting task for designers as there are 78 guidelines in WCAG 2.1. In this presentation, Rajesh shares his experience of including Accessibility standards in the design process to deliver inclusive experiences. Bio Rajesh Kalidindi has spent a decade in delivering inclusive experiences in his two decades of UX career. He led Accessibility programs at Microsoft before joining Liberty. Rajesh is currently leading an effort to make Liberty Insurance and Safeco digital experiences accessible for all users regardless of their abilities. Rajesh was a board member for three years with UXPA International (User Experience Professionals Association) and founding member of Seattle chapter of UXPA.
- Accessibility Camp Seattle
Our May meeting will be in cooperation with the Accessibility Camp. All of the details and registration info is available on the Camp site. https://accessibilitycampseattle.org/ Please make sure you register on the Camp site. There is no registration through our meetup.com event page.
- A11yCamp / a11ySea Global Accessibility Awareness Day Social
Join us for a special Global Accessibility Awareness Day social event and pre-party for Accessibility Camp Seattle. We're getting together at Stout, a pub on Capitol Hill. The space is physically accessible and has a food and drink menu. All ages are welcome. Stout drink menu: http://www.stoutpubs.com/drinks/ Stout food menu: http://www.stoutpubs.com/food/ Stout is on the Southeast corner of East Pine St. and 11th Ave. There is limited paid street parking and a few pay lots nearby. King County Metro buses stopping nearby include Route 2, 11, 12, 49, and the Link Light Rail. If you need any accommodations or assistance for this event, reach out to us at [masked]. Global Accessibility Awareness Day is Thursday, May 16th! We're celebrating on Friday, May 17th to keep the party going all the way through Accessibility Camp on Saturday, May 18th. GAAD website: https://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/ Camp website (sold out): https://accessibilitycampseattle.org
- Exploring WCAG 2.1
Agenda 5:30 Check-in and networking 6:00 Presentation and Discussion 7:00 Networking 7:30 Meeting time concludes The nominal meeting fee goes entirely to food and beverage and CART service (when needed). Topic: Many organizations are working toward adopting WCAG 2.1 standards after their release last year. This is a great opportunity to review a summary of new success criteria and definitions that are part of the guidelines, which build upon WCAG 2.0 to address previous gaps around mobile technology, as well as needs for people with low-vision and cognitive disabilities. Given there are 12 new success criteria for A and AA conformance, the session will briefly cover each one and isn’t meant to serve as a deep dive into specific areas, or cover AAA conformance. Speakers: Jason’s bio: Mix one part developer, one part accessibility guru and a smidge of UI designer and you've got Jason. He is passionate about writing code and meeting the varied needs of customers. Jason loves to create inspiring, accessible, and innovative experiences in everything that he develops. Oh and LEGO... He loves LEGO. Jen’s bio: Jen has more than 18 years of experience leading and managing traditional, digital, and emerging technology projects for nonprofit, government, and for-profit organizations. She has a passion for accessibility and has been working on making digital spaces more accessible since 2007. At Microsoft, Jen is a Senior PM of Accessibility for AI+R with a focus on compliance and accessible design. Before that, she served as a Senior Accessibility Subject Matter Expert at JP Morgan Chase, and has worked for the Centers for Disease Control. Jen started her career as an on-air newscaster with an NPR affiliate station in Oklahoma City after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in broadcast journalism. Since that time, she has definitely taken roads less traveled and pinged around the country., living in three of the four continental U.S. time zones.
- 2018 Year-End Event with Speaker Lainey Feingold
For our A11ySea 2018 year-end event, we're coming together at the Adobe offices to socialize and hear a talk from world-renowned disability rights attorney Lainey Feingold. In her talk, Lainey will provide insights into the legal space for us as accessibility professionals and enthusiasts. We'll have food and drinks, and ample things to discuss. Organizer's note: We will have ASL interpreters and live transcription, as well as food and drink sponsored by Adobe. ----- Put the Law in your Pocket: Accessibility Legal Update for Digital Accessibility Professionals, with Lainey Feingold Description: Civil rights laws in the United States provide a strong foundation for supporting digital accessibility efforts in the public and private sectors, in higher education, and throughout society. But with an explosion of lawsuits in the digital accessibility space, are too many organizations are using fear of the law as their primary driver for accessibility? Join us as U.S. disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold shares an up-to-date report on what’s happening in the digital accessibility legal space. Lainey believes that UX, developers, designers, quality assurance and other digital professionals can put the law in their pockets to advance accessibility. Lainey will share success stories from her book, Structured Negotiation, a Winning Alternative to Lawsuits . Structured Negotiation, is a way to leverage disability rights laws that has been used for more than two decades to advance digital accessibility and inclusive technology with collaboration and relationship-building instead of conflict and run away costs. Bio: Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer focusing on digital access, an international speaker, and the author of Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Lainey and her clients in the blind community and colleagues negotiated the first web accessibility agreement in the United States in 2000 (with Bank of America). In 2017 Lainey was named a Legal Rebel by the ABA Journal and was the individual recipient of the John W. Cooley Lawyer as Problem Solver award. Lainey received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award in 2000 and 2014 for her digital accessibility and Structured Negotiation legal work. Learn more on her website at www.lflegal.com or follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lflegal. ----- Use of Meeting Fees The proceeds from meeting fees are intended to help offset costs of the meetups such as food, transcription services and other incidental costs. We often look for corporate sponsors for these costs but cannot always secure these for every meetup. Seeking Sponsors and Donations If you have contacts at organizations willing to help sponsor these services, please send them our way. As always, donations are welcome and can be made through the meetup Web site at this address https://secure.meetup.com/a11ysea/contribute/
- Considering and Preparing for the Certified Accessibility Professional Exam
This will be a discussion about the certifications available from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. We will talk about the certification types and what is involved in taking the exams. Anyone who has taken the exam is encouraged to share their experiences. This may be continued later as a separate study group from those planning to take the test. https://mailchi.mp/accessibilityassociation.org/become-a-cpacc-or-was-now-accepting-applicatoins-for-the-fall-exam-window?e=5674f31045 Our meeting on IAAP Certification is this evening at Blink on the Seattle waterfront. We have a special addition which is that Samantha Evans will be talking to our group virtually over a phone connection. Samantha is the certification manager at IAAP. We won't have snacks or beverages available. You are welcome to bring your own. 100% of your $5 donations go to a fund to support accessibility services when requested for meeting. When we do have food, that comes from sponsors. Please plan to arrive no later than 6:15. Lobby doors get locked and we won't be able to get down there once the meeting begins at 6:15. Also, please don't arrive earlier than 5:45. We have a security door for the office and we won't be set up before that. I am planning for a conclusion to the discussion at 7:15 and out the door by 7:30 to lock up. We may continue the certification prep in separate study groups at a later date.