Digital Inclusion

Leveraging Accessibility and Usability to Serve Truly Diverse Audiences

Tearyne Almendariz & Kat Shaw

In discussions about accessibility and diversity, our thoughts tend to jump to ARIA links, screen readers, and people of different ethnicities. While these are key aspects to both topics, this talk will push your thinking to considerations beyond accessibility and diversity basics.

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Digital Inclusion - What? Who? Why?

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According to the WebAIM Million project, the single strongest indicator that a page will have numerous accessibility errors is whether ARIA is present or not. Pages *with* ARIA actually have 65% more issues than those without. So what is going on? It seems by trying to be digitally inclusive and help individuals and groups to access and use information and communication technologies - what we've really done is make it harder. So what can we do about it? Who does digital inclusion effect anyway? And why is it important? Join us for a panel discussion on this complex topic!

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Traditional CMS vs. Headless CMS A11y Throwdown!

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Join us for a live discussion of how accessibility is impacted by using a traditional CMS vs. a headless CMS and what are the pros/cons of each when it comes to creating accessible sites and applications. We have Rachel Cherry from WPCampus, Preston So from Gatsby, Carie Fisher from Deque Systems, and Mike Gifford from Open Concept participating with Caitlin Cashin from Deque Systems moderating.

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A11y Testing with Real People

Caroline Boyden & Lucy Greco

As a designer, a developer, or a content creator, you know your product inside and out. If you’re serious about making it a pleasure to use for all, you might be looking for a fresh perspective on it. Why not get some people with disabilities involved in your testing?

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Auto-Captioning in Presentations

Catharine McNally

Google Slides, Skype, and Microsoft recently rolled out with automatic captioning of video presentations. Catharine McNally happened upon the Closed Captioning icon just minutes before a company-wide meeting at Phase2 Technology. Raising her hand for her colleagues to 'turn on' the button, and what followed was a riveting display of speed and accuracy of dialogue across speakers in multiple rooms between Washington, DC, Portland, Oregon, and New York City.

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