TW presents: It’s Spelled ‚Accessibility‘, not ‚Disability‘

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#TW presents: It’s Spelled ‚Accessibility‘, not ‚Disability with Scott Davis#

If your mobile phone is in silent/vibrate mode right now, would you say that you’re using an accessibility feature, or just a feature of your phone? If you’ve ever adjusted the size of onscreen content by pinching or stretching, do you feel like you have a disability, or are you simply using your phone as it was meant to be used? In this keynote, Scott Davis (Principal Engineer and Web Architect, ThoughtWorks) discusses Universal Design, in which we design features for everyone to use, not just an arbitrary subset of our users. Granted, over 1 billion people across the world have some form of disability – that’s between 15% and 20% of the planet. And the top 1 million websites average over 60 accessibility errors per page – that’s one error for every 13 elements on the page. So yes, we as an industry have quite a bit of work to do to support the 20% of our users that need our accessibility efforts the most. But if you have plans to add a Conversational UI (like Siri, Alexa, or Cortana) to your product, is your plan to limit that interface to only your blind and low-vision users, or is it something that you hope all of your users will enjoy?

#About the speaker#
Scott Davis is a Principal Engineer with ThoughtWorks, where he focuses on leading-edge / innovative / emerging / non-traditional aspects of web development. This includes serverless web apps, mobile web apps (Responsive PWAs), HTML5-based SmartTV apps, Conversational UIs (like Siri and Alexa), and using web technologies to build IoT solutions.

18.30 Arrival
18.45 Short Welcome
19:00 It’s Spelled ‚Accessibility‘, not ‚Disability‘ + Q&A
20.00 Further Networking & Exchange
21.00 End