March 2024

Star Peterson, M.Ed. (They/Them)

Accommodating Neurodivergent Learners

Star Peterson, M.Ed. (they/them) is a multiply neurodivergent instructional designer, eLearning developer, and diversity trainer. Star discusses how to design learning content that is accessible to autistic learners as well as learners with ADHD, learning disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other neurodivergences.

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The Accessibility Mindset: Moving Beyond Remediating, Fixing, and Reacting

Jesse Loseberg (he/him)

This session will investigate the hidden questions in the websites and applications we build: Who is this for? Who is able to use it? Who is unable to use it? Why is this the case? What previous experiences, assumptions, and understandings do we incorporate into the things we create? By exploring the process by which my organization rebuilt its website, I’ll provide examples and methods for going beyond simply meeting WCAG guidelines—instead, reaching for a new way of thinking about technology, our place in its development, and our work overall. We’ll also present concrete ways that everyone involved in the creation of a website or application—from project managers to designers to developers to content creators—can bring accessibility practices into their day-to-day efforts.

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Creating Accessible and Inclusive Presentations

AmyJune Hineline (she/her)

What does it mean to have accessible and inclusive presentations? In this session, we'll go over what we can do as presenters to ensure inclusivity for all our attendees regardless of how they consume the content, beyond the basics of captions and color contrast. We'll briefly cover accessibility definitions, standards, and guidelines and then share practical tips and examples to help make presentation slide decks and the presentations more accessible.

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Semantic Components and Custom Lint Rules for Improving the A11y Mindset

Gaurav Gupta (he/him)

A lot of eslint rules and reusable components already exist for accessibility in HTML, Javascript and React. When working with developers with varying levels of theoretical and practical experience with accessibility implementations, we realised that the mistakes that our devs were making with respect to accessible implementations, were either not general enough to have an existing eslint rule and / or the mitigation was very specific to the usages in our codebase. We started with a simple thought: can we automate the detection and fixes for these repeated mistakes? This led to creation of codebase / team specific a11y aslant rules and Semantic components. This talk will give an overview of how to build this thought process with examples, and how it can possibly help your team.

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Behind the Stream - How A11yTalks Creates Accessible Virtual Events

A11y Talks Team

Have you ever wondered how the A11yTalks team, month after month, delivers accessible online events? Our team is excited to let you see behind-the-scenes on how we prepare, perform, and produce high quality and meaningful conversations around digital accessibility.

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