2021

Broke with Accessible Taste - The Economics of Access

Crystal Preston-Watson

Conversations about money and accessibility are frequently centered on the expenses of implementing accessibility in digital products and applications. Missing from these conversations are the economic realities faced by disabled people and the price of assistive technology. In this talk, we will look into the repercussions of overlooking the reality of that individual finances play in digital accessibility.

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Making a COVID-19 Site Accessible - From Tweet to Action

Jill Wolters

This is a digital accessibility success story that started on Twitter where a screen reader user reported a content barrier on a COVID-19 website. The accessibility process to remove the barrier illustrates the need for important conversations, a good faith effort, and a roadmap for continuous improvement. Based on the blog article “A Little Bird Told Me.”

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Accessibility is Hard, and Other Myths

Devon Persing

Accessibility work is complex. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you’re first starting out – especially if you don’t have access to an accessibility specialist on your team or in your organization. Devon will go through common misconceptions about digital accessibility work and introduce ways to think about disability, assistive technology, and a more holistic approach to accessibility.

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Automated Accessibility Testing in JavaScript Frameworks

Mark Steadman

Automated testing for accessibility issues with axe-core is one of the best and most effective ways to catch up to 50% of accessibility violations. In this talk, we will take a look at the levels of testing needed from an automated perspective to ensure your content is accessible at a component level and an application-level using a working React application and the axe-core testing frameworks.

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Introduction to Screen Readers

Tim Harshbarger

Screen readers are a type of assistive technology device that can help all kinds of people, including people with no vision, low vision, cognitive issues, or even non-disabled people who want to hear the words spoken aloud. Join in on the conversation as Tim discusses the best and most popular screen reader/browser combinations, explains some common screen reader commands, and leads us in a screen reader demo!

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