Everyone has a role to play – what's yours?

#ID24 returns! We had so much fun in June that we decided that we couldn't wait an entire year to do another one so once again, The Paciello Group is proud to host #ID24 on 16 November 2017!

Inclusive Design 24 celebrates efforts worldwide to ensure people with disabilities have full and equal access to the web. To this end, we will be holding 24 completely free one-hour webinars on all things accessibility. The sessions range from beginner to advanced and are aimed at everyone from executives to web developers.

The focus for #ID24 is levelling up – taking your skills and knowledge beyond the basics and beyond compliance.

How to join

No sign-up. No registration. All sessions will be streamed live and publicly on YouTube – see the entire playlist for the event. Live captions for each session will be available (see the video description on YouTube for the link).

Have a question for a presenter? No problem! Tweet your questions to @paciellogroup using the #ID24 hashtag and our moderators will make sure they get them answered for you.


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23:45 (23:45 UTC 15 Nov) The pre-show

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Meet your hosts for the next 24 hours. We'll be talking about the webinars we are most looking forward to and details of a giveaway that we will be running throughout the event.

0:00 (0:00 UTC) Aaron Gustafson Designing the Conversation

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Over time, your users will become more accustomed to and reliant on voice-based interactions with their computers and, thereby, the web. Enabling them to complete critical tasks without a visual user interface will be crucial for the long-term success of your website.

About the speaker

As would be expected from a former manager of the Web Standards Project, Aaron Gustafson is passionate about web standards and accessibility. He has been working on the Web for two decades now and is a web standards advocate at Microsoft, working closely with their browser team. He penned the seminal book on progressive enhancement, Adaptive Web Design, and writes about whatever's on his mind at aaron-gustafson.com.

1:00 (1:00 UTC) Jesse Anderson An IllegallySighted Look at VR Accessibility

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Virtual Reality is a new presentation medium that has a lot of potential for gaming, education, and entertainment. This presentation explores accessibility of VR from a legally blind perspective.

About the speaker

My name is Jesse Anderson, and I have been legally blind since birth. I have also been interested in technology and video games since the early days of the Atari 2600 and C64. Over the past several years, I have also really gotten into technology and gaming accessibility, including virtual reality. I have a Bachelors degree in Information Technology Management and a minor in Scientific and Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota Crookston, and a Masters degree in Instructional Design & Technology from the University of North Dakota. I currently work as an Assistive Technology Specialist with Minnesota's State Services for the Blind.

2:00 (2:00 UTC) Patrick Burke I'm Trying To Give You My Money. Hello?

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A survey of crowdfunding sites for good & bad accessibility experiences: Kickstarter, Gofundme, Indiegogo, Youcaring.

About the speaker

Patrick Burke is an independent accessibility consultant with over 20 years of experience in web accessibility, production of alternate format materials, and adaptive technology.

3:00 (3:00 UTC) Renaldi Gondosubroto The Future of the Web: A Look into Accessible Integration of Web with Internet of Things Technology

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We have seen our usage of more and more technology around us integrate with the Internet of Things concept. The web is no different; IoT is changing how we are able to deploy various resources on the web and have opened up many new considerations as to how we can make these changes accessible to a wide audience. In this talk, I will be talking about the said changes as well as the considerations and how we can adapt our web services and technology to better make IoT more accessible for a wider audience.

About the speaker

Renaldi Gondosubroto is the Founder and CEO of GReS Studio. He leads the company with a vision of having an interconnected world where businesses and individuals can share big data with each other. His personal vision is to be able to get more young minds into taking leadership positions in the companies that will come. Through his passion of developing software and contributing to the opensource community, Renaldi wants to encourage the innovation of new solutions to usher forward and promote a new era of innovations that can be used by everyone. He enjoys sharing his knowledge regarding his experiences within the tech industry with many other people in order to also inspire and put them in the right track for success, both in conferences and in regular everyday situations.

4:00 (4:00 UTC) Estelle Weyl Inclusive Markup

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By developing with web standards, you can create accessible, performant web sites. Semantic markup helps ensure accessibility while reducing the need for frameworks. Write semantic HTML and leverage CSS Selectors and the cascade, to reduce your CSS and JS by up to 95% and obliterate your queue of accessibility bugs.

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Estelle Weyl is the Front End Engineer and Open Web evangelist. A web developer, trainer, author, blogger and speaker, she has consulted for Kodak Gallery, SurveyMonkey, Samsung, Yahoo, Visa, and Apple. While not coding, Estelle works in construction, dehippifying her 1960s throwback abode.

5:00 (5:00 UTC) Taliesin Smith Building Accessibility and Inclusion into Interactive Science Simulations

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The PhET Interactive Simulations project makes award winning science simulations (or sims) for learning math and science. These sims are accessible in many ways: engaging and easy to use, translated into 91 languages, openly licensed and free of cost, can be run online or offline, and have broad device compatibility. These popular learning tools are, however, completely inaccessible to students who are blind. Through an iterative inclusive design process we are redesigning PhET sims so that they are navigable and usable with a keyboard. We have created a layer of architecture that is not only keyboard accessible but also houses semantically rich descriptions that transform the same visual sim into one that provides a comparable non-visual experience, so students who are blind can learn alongside their sighted peers with a more inclusive sim.

About the speaker

Taliesin Smith is an inclusive design research specialist with the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a front-end web developer by trade with several years of experience in online education and a passion for accessibility. In 2016, she completed a Masters of Design in Inclusive Design at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada for which she was awarded the Canadian Governor General's Academic Gold Medal. Her Masters research project focused on the research and design of accessibility features to provide non-visual access for the PhET Simulation, Balloons and Static Electricity, and received the Inclusive Design Research Award at OCAD University. Taliesin loves to bike, hike, and garden when she is not at her computer.

6:00 (6:00 UTC) Hidde de Vries Trollies, veils and prisoners: the case for accessibility from philosophical ethics

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Those who want to make accessible websites, will likely spend some of their time convincing others. One good reason to make accessible websites is that doing so is the right thing. For centuries, doing the right thing has been a concern for the field of philosophical ethics. In this talk, some notable philosophical thought experiments are applied to the world of web accessibility. With some practical examples, this talk makes a refreshing case for web accessibility, which people can use to advocate for more inclusive websites.

About the speaker

Hidde de Vries is a freelance front-end developer. He helps governments and large business get accessible and usable websites for their end users. Hidde holds an MA in Philosophy, which hardly ever comes in handy when building websites.

7:00 (7:00 UTC) Russ Weakley Building an accessible auto-complete

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This presentation will take a deep dive into how to create an auto-complete search function that is accessible to a range of different users including keyboard-only and screen reader users. Along the way, we will explore important keystrokes and aria attributes that can be used enhance the experience for all users.

About the speaker

Russ Weakley is a world-renowned CSS expert and UX developer. Russ chairs the Web Standards Group (WSG) and produced a series of widely acclaimed online resources and tutorials on CSS, HTML and accessibility.

8:00 (8:00 UTC) Mischa Andrews Accessibility inception: sharing your knowledge

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Do your colleagues fight back when you try sharing your accessibility knowledge? Or have you ever been referred to as the 'fun police'? In this talk you'll learn some strategies for embedding accessibility and usability into your broader team and organisation.

About the speaker

Mischa Andrews is a digital generalist with a background in psychology, computing, philosophy and game development. She previously worked as an accessibility advisor in the Australian Government and is now a web consultant in Sweden. Building on more than 8 years of professional experience in digital communications, Mischa believes that positive change requires a shared foundation of knowledge and understanding.

9:00 (9:00 UTC) Aurélien Levy Usability useful for everyone

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Even if not required by WCAG, basic usability principles are useful for people with disabilities. We will see some real examples of problems and possible solutions to consider to improve your websites and services for everyone.

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Aurélien Levy is a digital accessibility and quality expert. He start his career as a webdesigner and then fall into the accessibility world. He was one of the main author of the first version of the web accessibility guidelines of the French gouvernement (RGAA) and is an international speaker.

10:00 (10:00 UTC) Gunnar Bittersmann An inclusive tic-tac-toe, progressively enhanced

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Using the example of a tic-tac-toe game, Gunnar shows how to build the core functionality of a web app in plain HTML, with accessibility (almost) for free. The rest is "just" not to take it away when putting CSS and JavaScript on top.

About the speaker

Gunnar is a web design technologist, f/k/a frontend developer who cares more about user experience, inclusive design, accessibility, interaction design, performance, and typography than about the next shiny framework. He loves HTML code with as less divs as possible. He loves CSS magic over throwing JavaScript at styling. He loves Bruce Springsteen songs and plays one or two of them on guitar.

11:00 (11:00 UTC) David Caldwell From accessibility compliance to inclusive design

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How do you change the culture in a highly regulated environment from being one focused on compliance to accessibility and 'DDA' to one focused on building brilliant and inclusive experiences for everyone? That's been the challenge for the Digital Accessibility Team at Barclays. In this talk David will talk about how Barclays are reframing accessibility, changing the culture and language around accessibility and moving the organisation towards inclusive design.

About the speaker

David Caldwell is a Digital Accessibility Manager at Barclays. He joined the bank in 2011 on a graduate development programme and has been working in the Digital Accessibility Team since 2013. In his role he works alongside technology product teams across the organisation to help them to build better, more accessible products and services for Barclays customers and colleagues. David is also responsible for the Accessibility Academy - a training, development and communications programme focused on transforming the accessibility landscape at Barclays.

Outside of Barclays, David is a Founding Ambassador for PurpleSpace - the worlds leading disability network leadership development organisations. He's recently finished co-writing a new publication for PurpleSpace focused on the power of Allies and Champions within the disability agenda.

12:00 (12:00 UTC) Ruth MacMullen and David Swallow Sounding out the web: accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people

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The largely visual nature of the web means that we tend to focus on supporting people who are blind or partially sighted. But deaf and hard of hearing people are often overlooked.

Ruth will present on: the personal experience of being deaf; how deafness affects interaction with physical and online spaces; systems; disability theory; accessible information; digital literacy. She will look at the importance of language and understanding the needs of your users, while maintaining that common sense, goodwill, and flexibility go a long way when it comes to serving customers with sensory impairments.

David will then dive into practical guidance. This includes providing subtitles/captions; checking the accuracy of captions; making sure that captions are synchronised with the audio; providing a summary of audio and video content; making sure that audio doesn’t play automatically; structuring your content; and keeping your content flexible. The talk emphasises how the guidance is useful for deaf and hard of hearing people but, like many aspects of web accessibility, ultimately benefits everyone.

About the speakers

Ruth is Scholarly Communications Licensing Manager at The University of Sheffield where she specialises in copyright and publishing.

David is an accessibility engineer at The Paciello Group. He joined the company in September 2016, and before that, he was an academic researcher in human-computer interaction at the University of York in the UK, where he specialised in designing, developing, and evaluating usable and accessible interfaces.

13:00 (13:00 UTC) Mark Robbins Accessibility in HTML email

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HTML email is often overlooked in many areas of development, not least accessibility. But recently myself and a few others have started to dive into the subject and I'd like to share, a few quick tricks that can have a big impact and few limitations that need to be addressed.

About the speaker

Mark is changing the way people think of email, they no longer have to be static pages of simple text and image but can now be fully interactive microsites. With REBEL he has built emails for a number of major brands and has consulted for a number of large email clients on developing their rendering capabilities.

14:00 (14:00 UTC) Rocio Calvo and Raphael Clegg-Vinell Accessibility at all stages

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Organisations typically consider Accessibility to be something that comes into play in the testing phase of the software accessibility life cycle. When accessibility is approached as an afterthought at the end of the software development life cycle, it is very likely to incur unnecessary additional costs and workload for the company because accessibility has not been embedded in every phase of the process. For example, if a design problem is identified in the testing phase, the page needs to be redesigned, implemented and tested again, which can cause more costs for the company.

In this talk, AbilityNet consultants will discuss the challenges of including accessibility in every phase of the software development process, the methods that can be used to improve accessibility in each phase and the individuals and teams that should be involved in each phase.

About the speakers

Rocio Calvo joined AbilityNet in 2014 and has worked on a wide variety of projects with clients including HSBC, Barclays, British Airways, BT, e-on or Sainsbury's Bank. Among her duties include: design reviews, user testing sessions, training and workshops, accessibility audits, etc. In addition, she has worked as a teacher and researcher in different Universities and she teaches accessibility and assistive technologies.

Nowadays, Rocio has done her Ph.D. at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid with the specialization in Human Computer Interaction and Software Engineering. The results obtained in this research can be found in different conferences and journals. Part of this Ph.D. has been awarded the Accésit Jesús Lorés Award given by AIPO (Spanish Association of Human Computer Interaction) and the proposal was validated jointly with ILUNION (Spanish organization for the blind).

Raphael Clegg-Vinell works for AbilityNet as an Accessibility and Usability Consultant. He’s passionate about helping companies shift towards inclusive design to improve their products and services for a greater audience. Raphael has worked on a wide variety of projects (with services including strategy, research, training and testing) for clients including Barclays, HSBC, Lego and BT. He has a keen interest in emerging technologies and trends and has recently delivered presentations on inclusive VR.

15:00 (15:00 UTC) Almero Steyn Tips, tricks and tools for building accessible React web apps.

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React applications should be as easy to use as they are to build. Nothing in React prevents us from building accessible web apps, but we need to learn to harness its power in the right way while dealing with some unique challenges caused by creating web pages with JavaScript. This talk will focus on these issues and how to solve them in the real world, while also adding some a11y power tools to your development toolkit.

About the speaker

Almero Steyn is front-end engineer and accessibility specialist at QDelft in the Netherlands. He has many years experience in building web applications, most recently in React. He spends his time finding solutions for accessibility issues encountered on actual projects, including projects for the Dutch government. Almero advocates for a11y in design, development and testing and has recently authored the page on accessibility in the React documentation.

16:00 (16:00 UTC) Vasilis van Gemert Exclusive Design

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The Web is here for everybody. This means that we can make stuff that works for spoiled brats like myself, and at the same time removes hurdles for people with disabilities. By using super clever ideas like the Inclusive Design Principles we can build stuff that's true to the nature of the web, that truly works for everyone.

I wanted to know what happens when you reverse these Inclusive Design Principles. What happens when you design exclusively for someone with very specific needs, for instance a blind person? I'm working on a few experiments with tailor made webdesign and will share the results with you. Can Design for One help us create better designs for all?

About the speaker

Vasilis van Gemert is a lecturer at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, where he teaches the next generation of digital product designers how to design things with the web as a material. He's also a student himself. He studies the appearance of randomness, the aesthetics of inclusive design, and the different definitions of quality.

17:00 (17:00 UTC) John McNabb and Raji Subramanian Switch Control: An Introduction for Mobile App Teams

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Switch Control means independence for users with motor disabilities. It's surprisingly easy to test your iOS app with Switch Control (or your Android app with the equivalent, Switch Access). This testing will provide insight into how another segment of the user base is operating your app. Then consider simple design improvements which will make your app easier to operate. Accessibility isn't just about screen readers!

About the speakers

John is an Accessibility Consultant trying to simplify and promote a11y. Formerly an intranet developer, he began promoting web accessibility at work when his co-workers thought it was an unnecessary risk. John's a fan of native semantic elements which give you accessibility for free. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two adopted mixed-breed dogs.

Raji is a Test Analyst, testing mobile and online banking applications. In the past, she has also worked as a bank teller, financial planner's associate, and compliance analyst. Her mixed professional background helps her in putting User Experience at the forefront of every application she is testing. She specializes in testing native mobile apps - including testing with screen readers, and more recently, Switch Control. She is always observant of how people with disabilities use technology and is curious about how technology can be made more inclusive. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.

18:00 (18:00 UTC) Neil Milliken and Debra Ruh Connecting communities for inclusion

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Neil and Debra talk about how they are using social media to connect people on accessibility topics, create communities and generate wider awareness of the importance and benefits of accessibility.

About the speakers

About Neil

Neil is a co-founder of #AXSChat he currently works for Atos as Head of Accessibility & Inclusion where his role is to help make the world a better place by delivering better technology for our customers and staff, embedding inclusive practice into the Business As Usual Processes of organisations with thousands of employees and turnovers numbering in billions.

He created the Atos Centre of Competence encompassing Accessibility, Inclusive Design and Assistive Technology Services. This team now services multiple accounts and delivers best practice, support and consultancy for the organisation. www.atos.net/iux

He delivers strategy and services working with a wide range of clients internally and externally helping them to develop policies, processes and technology solutions to meet the needs of their staff and customers. These clients include: BBC, Department of Health, Ministry of Justice, Insolvency Service, and NHS.

He is the Atos representative on the Business Disability Forum Technology Task Force and has successfully instigated the adoption of and implemented the Accessible Technology charter.

Neil is also an invited expert and contributor to theW3C Cognitive Accessibility Taskforce.

About Debra

Debra Ruh is a seasoned entrepreneur that focuses on Global Disability Inclusion, ICT Accessibility, EmployAbility, Marketing and Communications Strategies and Digital Media. She has provided global leadership to governments, corporations, NGOs and DPO's (Disability Persons Organizations) all over the world supporting research, outreach, marketing strategies, policy and standards initiatives with public- and private-sector. Policy, Legislative and Technical Experience includes the United Nations Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities (CRPD), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 503, 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, W3C, WCAG 2.0 and ISO. Debra is also a seasoned Entrepreneur (founder of three firms): Ruh Global Communications, TecAccess, Strategic Performance Solutions.

Debra is passionate about Social Media and a Thought Leader and Blogger on ICT Accessibility and Disability Inclusion on social media channels with over 130,000 followers. Social media mediums include Twitter, Linked-In, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, G+ and other platforms. Work featured in major mediums including CBS, CNN, PBS, ABC, NBC, NPR, INC, Publishers Weekly, Fortune Magazine, US News & World Report, America's Best, Washington Technology, and Bloomberg Business Week. Debra has published many white papers, is a newsletter editor for IAAP and a Published Author of two books: "Finding Your Voice by Using Social Media" Published on Amazon and "Uncovering Human Capital" :How leading corporations leverage multiple abilities in their workforce. Publishing Date: September 2014 Publisher: G3ict

19:00 (19:00 UTC) Marcy Sutton The Links vs. Buttons Showdown

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Who would win in a showdown between HTML Links and Buttons? Marcy Sutton will settle it once and for all by pitting these opponents against each other in a dream match. Battles as simple as links vs. buttons when designing and developing web interfaces can have significant impacts on users with disabilities. By considering the strengths of each competitor, we can be more informed about making the right choice; from lesser-known features of HTML forms to conventions in client-side routing to effective use of WAI-ARIA. We can also mitigate scenarios where neither choice wins by knockout. Come for the showdown, leave with practical UI tips for your next project.

About the speaker

Marcy Sutton works on the axe-core team at Deque Systems, where she builds accessibility testing tools for developers. In 2016, O'Reilly gave Marcy a Web Platform Award for her work in accessibility. She loves co-leading the Accessibility Seattle meetup and a code club for Girl Develop It Bellingham.

20:00 (20:00 UTC) Joe O'Connor Pain

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Living with extreme pain takes energy. Navigating interfaces reveals a great deal of friction that takes more energy than is available. Discussion of suggestions for reducing friction that will help all.

About the speaker

Joe O'Connor lives in Santa Monica, California. When Section 508 came into effect in 1999 he began leading web production teams creating accessible web environments in higher education. He also gave back to the WordPress community by helping the Accessibility Team. A stroke in December 2015 changed everything but Joe still helps educate people about accessibility.

21:00 (21:00 UTC) Stefan Judis Decrease your conversion - common ways to lock people out

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Building products for the web means building products for everybody. We spend hours and hours on optimising user flows, tweaking designs and A/B testing the heck out of everything. The problem is that we as developers, product owners and designers often think about the targeted customer under optimal conditions and ignore minorities. In this talk, we will take a look at common problems of the web today and demonstrate how we can make it a more welcoming place.

About the speaker

Stefan started programming 6 years ago and quickly fell in love with web performance, new technologies, and automation.

He worked for several startups in Berlin and recently joined Contentful to tell the world how an API-first CMS can make you a bit happier.

He is also a curator of the web performance online resource Perf Tooling, organizer of the Web Performance Meetup Berlin, contributes to a variety of open source projects and enjoys sharing nerdy discoveries.

22:00 (22:00 UTC) Ted Drake and Poonam Tathavadkar Mobile Mystery Meat

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Learn about mystery meat navigation methods within iOS and Android and how to make them accessible.

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About Ted

I smack accessibility bugs with the mother of all weed whackers. Intuit Accessibility Lead, Web Dev, Hacker, Speaker, and more.

About Poonam

Poonam pursued her Masters in Computer Science from Northeastern University and joined as a coop at Intuit in 2014. The amazing work and culture of the company brought her back as a software engineer in 2015. Since then, she has contributed to multiple projects across various platforms including Web, mobile (both iOS and Android). Her passion for accessibility has driven her to essay the role of the accessibility leader for Consumer Tax Group at Intuit.

23:00 (23:00 UTC) Amy Carney 100 Days of A11y: A Web Designer's Journey to Learning Accessibility

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What can you accomplish in 100 days? Come listen as Amy Carney shares her 100-day journey and what lessons she learned about web accessibility during that time. Learn what happens when just an hour a day for 100 days is dedicated to learning and advocating for accessibility.

About the speaker

While pursuing an MLIS during my employment at a rural Alaska public library, I rediscovered my interest in web design. Four years ago, I landed my dream job with the State of Alaska as a web designer. For the past four years now I've been enveloped in the world of web development without giving up my support for the world of libraries, archives, and museums. I strongly believe that everyone should have access to information for personal and professional improvement, and that access does not need to be comprised just because we want pretty websites and modern applications. When I'm not dreaming up designs or picking through code, I'm spending time with my husband and preschooler.

00:00 (00:00 UTC 17 Nov) The after party

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After our second ID24 of the year your hosts will discuss their favourite webinars from the last 24 hours, and might have a drink or two!


Supported by Barclays

Barclays is a Transatlantic Consumer, Corporate and Investment bank with an ambition to become the most accessible and inclusive company in the FTSE100.

Building accessibility awareness and technical expertise across its workforce is a core part of Barclays strategy to meet its ambition. Inclusive Design 24 provides an excellent opportunity to do this. Speaking about their involvement, Paul Smyth (Head of IT Accessibility at Barclays) said:

ID24 has grown in reach and impact over recent years and we’re really proud to be supporting this brilliant global event. We recognise the need to move the accessibility agenda away from being solely focused on compliance and checklists towards being much more rounded, user focused and experience led. We believe this means that we need an accessibility community with a hybrid skill-set – of technical expertise, ability to deliver change and confidence and curiosity in consulting with diverse users. If professionals grow holistic skills and if organisations shift their accessibility mind-set beyond compliance, we can design excellent, accessible and inclusive experiences. ID24 provides a great opportunity for everyone to engage and learn more about a broad range of accessibility and inclusive design topics.

Centre for Inclusive Design

The Centre for Inclusive Design is recognised as a national authority in inclusive design practice. As a not-for-profit, we are resourced by our members and clients to provide a cross-sectoral platform for collaboration and disruption.

There are still many goods, services, information channels (media) and life experiences which are effectively inaccessible or unusable by people with disability or broader disadvantage. By promoting, facilitating and advancing universal access and usability, the Centre for Inclusive Design aims to reduce the isolation, discrimination and inequality people with disability may experience, and increase their participation and inclusion in economic, social, civil, political and cultural life.

The Centre for Inclusive Design delivers bespoke solutions and facilitates the development of mass market products and services to deliver experiences that work for the greatest number of people. As a leading voice for the participation of people with disability and disadvantage in the design process, we are a proud member of WCAG compliance group for the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C), and the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP).

Follow the Centre for Inclusive Design’s dedicated Twitter account for tweets about accessibility and disability issues.