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23:45 ( 23:45 UTC 09 Oct ) The pre-show

Meet your hosts for the next 24 hours. We'll be having a general chat about accessibility, inclusive design, and talking about the webinars we are most looking forward to in the upcoming 24 hours.

00:00 ( 00:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Elizabeth J Pyatt Accessibility in Any Language: From Language Tags to Legible Unicode Output

This session reviews best practices for optimizing content with non-English and technical symbol content. We will discuss the importance of language tagging all documents and how it works on the Web and provide some tips for enhancing the legibility of your text across different languages. The basic structure of the Unicode standard for multilingual text will be introduced along with possible ARIA workarounds for some screen reader issues.

About the speaker

Elizabeth Pyatt has provided accessibility documentation, testing and training since 2002 and has given multiple presentations at CSUN, Accessing Higher Ground and the Internationalization and Unicode Conference. She is the webmaster of the Penn State Accessibility site and has taught multiple courses in linguistics at both Penn State and Harvard. Her experiences making accessible content for language courses includes Arabic, Spanish and phonetics.

01:00 ( 01:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Henri Helvetica The Tipping Point: How Performance Decisions Make Accessibility Differences

As web developers, we are after the best user experience possible. This is a refrain that most will acknowledge. “The Tipping Point: How Performance Decisions Make Accessibility Differences” looks at how performance best practices can in help bring you closer to the accessibility resolution. We’ll see at how resource management will help reduce wait time anti-patterns, how Time To Interactive and other metrics can aid in improving a page’s usability, and how other best practices ultimately directly and positively affect accessibility.

About the speaker

Henri is a freelance developer who has turned his interests to a passionate mix of site performance engineering and pinches of user experience. When not reading the deluge of daily research docs and case studies, or auditing sites, Henri can be found contributing back to the community: Toronto Web Performance + JAMstack meetups curating performance content or volunteering his time for lunch and learns at various bootcamps.

02:00 ( 02:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Andrew Arch and Sarah Pulis Usability testing with people with disability

Usability testing is the key to understanding the true experience for people with disability. The best experience for any user to successfully use your product needs to be effective, efficient and satisfying, not just technical conformant with WCAG.

In this session, we will discuss who to include in your testing, how to recruit participants, planning and running a session and some tips for understanding the findings.

About the speaker

Andrew is a Principal Consultant with Intopia and has been working in the field of digital accessibility for over 20 years. During this time, he established the digital access team at Vision Australia, worked on ageing and disability at the W3C in Europe and as the senior accessibility and inclusion expert for the Australian Government, including the Digital Transformation Agency.

Sarah is Director and co-founder of Intopia and can't compete with Andrew's year's of experience (9 years isn't bad though, right?). Sarah co-founded Intopia 3.5 years ago after working with PwC Australia and Media Access Australia as an accessibility specialist. She is also founder of A11y Bytes and A11Y Camp, which have grown to be Australia's largest events on digital accessibility and inclusion.

03:00 ( 03:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Carie Fisher Accessible Patterns from the Ground Up

Digital accessibility can be difficult or frustrating to a lot of people, but it doesn’t have to be. By making small changes to your everyday workflow, you can have a huge impact on making the digital world more inclusive - without crushing your creativity or sacrificing your sanity!

In this talk, we will walk-through the process of creating an accessible pattern from design to development, while focusing on accessibility best practices at each step. We will start with a wireframe/sketch, a process that into a design, translate the design into code, and finally, retest for accessibility. We will also talk about the different kinds of patterns out in the wild and which are the most accessible to the widest range of users.

The audience will leave the talk with a deeper understanding of accessibility best practices and will have take-away action items to help them start building their own accessible patterns!

About the speaker

I have been building websites professionally since the early 2000s and am passionate about front-end development, accessibility, and promoting diversity in the tech world. Currently, I am working as a Senior Accessibility Consultant at Deque Systems.

When I am not spending time with my family, traveling, gardening, or making a mess with my latest DIY project, I volunteer my time to the accessibility and dev communities. I am the creator of the Accessibility (A11Y) Style Guide and Accessibility (A11Y) Talks virtual meet-up, designer of the A11y Cats T-shirt, member of the A11y Project and 24 Accessibility teams, and past team member and mentor for the OpenAIR Knowbility Challenge.

04:00 ( 04:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Russ Weakley Accessible states in Design Systems

This talk will look at a the importance of states (visited, focus, active, checked/selected, open and more) when building design systems. We will explore their relevance, how to maintain consistency and how to systemise when designing at scale.

About the speaker

Russ Weakley is an author, speaker, and CSS expert, with a detailed knowledge of web design and development. Russ runs the Web Standards Group and has produced a series of widely acclaimed online tutorials on CSS, Responsive Web Design and web development.

05:00 ( 05:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Anoosha Reddy Terala Infinite scrolling and infinite problems

The modern digital consumption is no more restricted to only one device. It has multiple device user groups which prefer different interactive modalities.

Given this context, if a design pattern is conceived with only one input modality like a scroll wheel of a mouse, it is going to affect a lot of users, users with disabilities in particular. One such design pattern is infinite scrolling.

In a social media landscape, this is an amazing interactive method. But when its implementation spreads across e-commerce and other vital digital functions, then the users with disabilities will not benefit out of it.

It is important to stress the remedy of role="feed" in this context, its application, what it can do or cannot so that the design can be beneficial to as many users groups as possible.

About the speaker

I am working as a Accessibility Consultant at Deque Systems Inc. I am also a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (WAS). With real-time industry audits and the body of knowledge acquired through my certification, I would like to spread digital inclusion awareness around the world. I am also a speaker at international conferences like GREAT 2018 at Doha, Qatar.

06:00 ( 06:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Marco Zehe Built-in accessibility auditing in the Firefox developer tools

In more recent versions of Firefox, Mozilla has started including not only an accessibility inspector, but auditing tools as well that help with finding web site problems. For each problem, a link to more information on a possible solution is provided.

In this talk, Marco will showcase these tools and provide information on how to get to and use them effectively in your projects.

About the speaker

Marco has been in the accessibility field for 25 years. He was influential in shaping earlier versions of the JAWS screen reader, its initial web support and braille output. He now works at Mozilla where he does accessibility testing and evangelism. He is a regular contributor to various open-source accessibility projects.

07:00 ( 07:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Bryn Anderson Pinch 'n' zoom

Welcome to the world of visually impaired web browsing! User experiences change when you adjust the view port, elements shift, obscure and compete with one another and visual relationships that are often taken for granted change or break-down completely. See how we use familiar websites and apps and learn how to improve the UX of 1 billion plus visually impaired but sighted users.

About the speaker

Bryn Anderson is a visually impaired Accessibility Product Expert helping to deliver accessibility conformance testing solutions through his work at Siteimprove and the W3C Accessibility Conformance Testing (ACT) Rules Community Group

08:00 ( 08:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Eleni Beveratou Accessibility in type and typesetting

The purpose of typography is to convey a message to an audience in an accessible way. Within any given typeface, certain shapes and styles will generally be more accessible to certain audiences. Unfortunately, by over-simplifying implementation, guidelines for accessible type tend to ignore the major components of better readability and legibility. In this talk, Eleni will walk us through the elements of an accessible typeface and typesetting, putting an emphasis on those which are targeted at visually-impaired readers, and the wider audience.

About the speaker

Eleni Beveratou is a typeface designer from Athens, Greece. With a BA and MA in Communication Design from Vakalo Art & Design College, she focused her studies with an MA in Typeface Design at the University of Reading. There, she developed an interest in researching the science of reading for the partially sighted and her findings have been featured in “Digital Fonts and Reading” by World Scientific.

Eleni joined the Dalton Maag team in 2012 as a Font Developer, and is currently a Creative Director at Dalton Maag.

09:00 ( 09:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Sam Latif Disability

Winning with 50+/People with Disabilities consumers is critical for P&G to grow. By 2030 we will have more >50 consumers to serve vs under 50 and 36% of 50+ consumers will experience a disability. We estimate today we are losing 1BN dollars per annum across our Categories not serving this segment. P&G has an opportunity to reach more consumers with more accessible and irresistible products and packaging for all.

About the speaker

Sam Latif was born in the UK, and is a first generation Scottish Pakistani. She is blind and the passion for what she is doing at P&G has been inspired by the personal access challenges she has experienced as both a consumer and an employee. Sam studied Marketing and Business Law at the University of Stirling in Scotland and began her career at P&G in IT. She has lead IT transformations across multiple worldwide businesses (including Fragrances, Pampers, Olay and Gillette).

In 2015 Sam switched focus from running IT businesses to figuring what it would take to make P&G become the most accessible company for the consumers we are serving and was appointed as the company’s first Special Consultant for Inclusive Design. During this time, Sam worked with the Herbal Essences business to explore how we could make it easier to help people tell the difference between shampoo and conditioner, especially in the shower when people are not wearing their corrective eyewear. It’s estimated that 79% of the population in the west wear corrective eyewear and so its quite hard for people to tell by sight alone our shampoo and conditioner bottles apart.

In February 2019, Sam was promoted to Associate Director and became P&G’s first Company accessibility Leader and is responsible for making P&G workplace, products and packaging and communications fully accessible to everyone.

Sam is married and has 3 kids, boy and girl twins aged 7 and a 10 year old boy. Sam is enjoying the challenge of learning to play the piano and working out at the gym.

10:00 ( 10:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Jo Franchetti Impostor Syndrome, Perfectionism and Anxiety - Learning to be Kind to Yourself

Have you ever felt like everyone around you knows more than you? Or that you only got where you are by dumb luck? When we’re surrounded by so many clever people at work and on social media, how can we not start to judge ourselves against them and our work against theirs?

Impostor syndrome (the belief that you don’t deserve to be where you are) and perfectionism (a need to work to impossibly high standards) are exhausting.

Learn how to spot these destructive thought patterns in yourself, how to manage anxiety and procrastination and how to start being kinder to yourself, because you’re awesome and you deserve to be here.

About the speaker

Jo is an engineering manager and developer advocate. She is passionate about new web APIs and great CSS. She has worked in various parts of the tech industry from startups, agencies, charities to large organisations. She is also a mentor and organiser at where she is able to act on her passion not only for teaching good use of the web but also for improving the diversity and inclusivity of the tech industry.

11:00 ( 11:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Stuart Langridge The UX of Text

About bots, and how they shouldn't pretend to be humans. About how user experience is more than just user interface. About language, and how a word can be worth a thousand pictures. About le mot juste. About where we go next.

About the speaker

Stuart is a consultant CTO, software architect, and developer to startups and small firms on strategy, custom development, and how to best work with the dev team. Code and writings are to be found at and @sil on Twitter; Stuart himself is mostly to be found playing D&D or looking for the best vodka Collins in town.

12:00 ( 12:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Roel Van Gils Designing the hidden user experience

The hidden user experience is what a website or app 'feels' like to users of assistive technology, and to users that prefer large fonts, high contrast or reduced motion.

UI Designers usually don't specifically design for this hidden/alternative experience. They either consider this to be an implementation detail (which they believe is up to the developers) or are not aware that they can have a great impact on this hidden/alternative experience as well.

In his talk, I want to share some tips on how UI/UX Designers can design and document this hidden interface in a more efficient way, and communicate better with developers.

About the speaker

Roel is a Belgium-based web geek. Born seeing the world in 50 (or so) shades of grey, he started working at a web design agency at the dawn of the millennium. He quickly transitioned from designing table-based websites to living the Blue Beanie Life. In 2006, Roel co-founded AnySurfer, a non-profit Digital Accessibility Expertise Center.

Today, Roel is a partner and a (WAS certified) accessibility specialist at Eleven Ways. He helps organizations reach their accessibility goals — from strategy to compliance. His current clients include the European Commission, Belgian public services, and a Dutch bank.

Roel and his husband live in the medieval city of Ghent, where they organize the Ghent Inclusive Design Meetup.

13:00 ( 13:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Sarah Lewthwaite Teaching accessibility: 10 messages from research

This is a talk for everyone who talks about accessibility. People need to know more about accessibility, but it can be challenging to teach. It requires a unique mix of conceptual understanding, technical skill and procedural knowledge. In this talk I will introduce 10 teaching tools - principles and strategies for effective pedagogy - that are drawn from more than a decade of empirical academic research in education. Join me to expand your educational repertoire, so you can more effectively share accessibility with colleagues, teams and wider audiences.

About the speaker

Dr Sarah Lewthwaite is a Research Fellow at the University of Southampton and principle investigator on the UKRI-funded ‘Teaching Accessibility’ project at the Centre for Research in Inclusion. Sarah and her team are researching the pedagogy of digital accessibility in universities and the workplace, to build empirical understanding of how accessibility can be more effectively taught. The 4-year study received over £650,000 from UKRI, and seeks to forge new collaborations and dialogue between academia and industry. Sarah has a PhD in Learning Sciences and research experience across accessibility, HCI and disability studies.

14:00 ( 14:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Sven Jenzer Future proof and maintainable web accessibility implementation in big organizations

This talk is about the challenges people face when they must implement web accessibility in a big organization, outlining long-lasting solutions for planning and managing accessibility. It is finally a matter of considering all aspects in a goal-oriented manner and setting the goals visionary enough. Establishing a web accessibility process is an opportunity for a strategic approach in many fields. The focus is on bringing to discussion real world experience (including an actual case study), both successes and failures, who can help you solve (or avoid!) problems in your own environment.

About the speaker

Sven Jenzer is leading web-accessibility at UBS Global Marketing where he is director for UX & Governance. He loves to work on meaningful projects with inspiring, creative people that challenge the status quo. He's driven by user-centered-design and values companies that share the same approach.

Former stations have been international agencies, the Swiss foundation Access-for-All and the research project of the University of Applied Sciences of Central Switzerland for Design for All. He's graduate of the University of Basel and has a Master in Advanced Studies of Human Computer Interaction Design.

15:00 ( 15:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Seth M Kane To Boldly Go Where No SPA Has Gone Before…

Is your single page application (SPA) being sucked into a black hole of inaccessibility? Learn high level concepts, pitfalls, gotchas, and other accessible considerations (ARIA, focus management, and content communication) that will help you navigate your way through the new frontier of inclusive design for single page applications.

About the speaker

Seth Kane, CPWA, CPACC, WAS (he/him)

Seth has more than 20 years of marketing, advertising, software and consulting experience providing subject matter expertise in inclusive design, accessibility, and front end engineering focusing on rich single page applications, responsive website design, mobile applications, e-commerce, and CMS driven technology solutions.

16:00 ( 16:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Peter Shikli Jailhouse Rock

Exclusion can take many forms. We're familiar with how the physically and mentally disabled can be excluded from the experiences we treasure, such as online resources, but there is a large group who suffer such exclusion based on the poor choices they have made. Some 2.3 million incarcerated Americans are excluded from the internet by law. No Facebook. No Google. No Wikipedia. No email. Little online education. No webinars like this.

This is the story of a group of inmates, some innovative prison authorities, and a gamble by a private sector company who all got together to overcome that exclusion. Access2online was born two years ago as a joint venture between the public and private sectors to teach inmates how to audit websites for accessibility to the blind and the disabled, and then to earn their keep by producing reports and instructions for web designers to make their websites accessible. We're talking about one of the first and only places in America where the words inmate, internet, and income are now used in the same sentence.

Let's listen to the stories of the excluded and how they struggled for a seat at their nation's digital table by giving the disabled a seat at the same table.

About the speaker

A UCLA engineer with an MBA, Peter Shikli has over 30 years in software development, high-tech business formation, and project management. He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, a Registered Professional Engineer, accredited college instructor, guest lecturer, a Trusted Tester certified by the federal Office of Accessible Systems & Technology, and has published over 40 articles & books.

17:00 ( 17:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Claudio Luis Vera and Ioanna Talasli Accessibility in Emerging Countries

How do you advocate for accessibility in a country where these is no legal framework for disability inclusion? How do you manage it if you’re the first in your country?

This session will explore the challenges faced by early-stage advocates in emerging countries where there may not even be official statistics for persons with disabilities. We’ll discuss what works and what doesn’t, and how accessibility professionals in countries like the US, Canada and the UK can support efforts in emerging countries.

About the speaker

Claudio Luis Vera is a certified accessibility professional with over 20 years' experience in UX design and a background in international development. He currently manages accessibility for Royal Caribbean’s digital guest experiences and is a community organizer in South Florida.

Ioanna Talasli first career was as a successful art glass designer and gallery owner in her native Greece. As she transitioned into her second career – web development – she became interested in accessibility. Ioanna’s initial curiosity blossomed into a full-blown love affair, and she has become a pioneer for accessibility in her country.

18:00 ( 18:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Marcy Sutton and Samuel Proulx Engaging users to create accessible client-side routing techniques

There are multiple techniques for accessible page changes with JavaScript-heavy web applications recommended amongst developers, yet very little user research on those methods. At Gatsby, we wanted to find out which techniques are the most ergonomic and intuitive to users with disabilities, and if any of them presented barriers detracting from their browsing experience. We engaged Fable’s community of users with disabilities in a research project to answer these questions and more for the benefit of the web!

About the speaker

Marcy Sutton is the Head of Learning at Gatsby, a startup creating fast, accessible websites while building a strong community. Previously, she was a Developer Advocate on the axe-core team at Deque, developing tools for web accessibility testing. She also co-leads the Accessibility Seattle meetup. When away from the keyboard, Marcy can be found hiking with her dog, riding a bicycle, or snowboarding.

Samuel Proulx is the Community Manager at Fable. Sam has been making the web more accessible since he was a teenager, from managing Reddit’s blind community to writing an NVDA plugin. When Sam’s not thinking about tech, you can find him reviewing science fiction e-books!

19:00 ( 19:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Svetlana Kouznetsova Accessibility for Deaf People: Beyond Video Captions and Sign Language

The majority of deaf and hard of hearing people don’t know sign language and not everyone can lipread or benefit from hearing devices. The speaker is an experienced consultant who is deaf and will help you better understand that not all deaf and hard of hearing people are the same and learn more about various hearing and communication abilities and preferences in various situations.

About the speaker

Svetlana Kouznetsova is a user experience and accessibility consultant helping businesses make their products and services user-friendly and accessible to more people. She is also a founder of Audio Accessibility providing consultation on communication access to media and events. Sveta is an author and a speaker. Her TEDx talk uncovers benefits of captioning access that increase audience and ROI for businesses. Sveta’s experience with deafness gives people an exceptional insight into her professional experience and expertise in accessibility.

20:00 ( 20:00 UTC 10 Oct ) John Foliot SC 1.3.5 - More than just autocomplete

Published in May 2018, WCAG 2.1 was the first major update to the WCAG standard in over 10 years. The update added a number of new Success Criteria primarily aimed at closing significant known gaps to address the needs of users with low vision, to address new concerns brought about by touch input and mobile screens, and to start to address the needs of people with cognitive disabilities.

One such new Success Criteria is SC 1.3.5 – Purpose of Controls.

But why? What are the real benefits of this requirement? How do I as a developer successfully meet that requirement? How and why did this Success Criteria come to be? As we started to ask people about their understanding of this requirement, there seemed to be some confusion. And confusion is never good.

In this presentation, John will do a deep-dive on SC 1.3.5: the history, the process, the blood-sweat-and-tears involved in getting a new Success Criteria through the WCAG process. We’ll look at the immediate benefit of this new Success Criteria today, as well as gain insight to the much larger goal that this Success Criteria kicks off. We’ll examine techniques (both current and future), and we’ll end up with a developer’s challenge – and there will be a prize!

About the speaker

John is the Principal Accessibility Strategist at Deque Systems and an internationally recognized Web Accessibility Specialist and advocate for the cause of web standards and universal accessibility. He has provided digital accessibility consultation services to government agencies, educational institutions and private sector companies since 1999.

John is an active and contributing participant in multiple W3C Working Groups and Task Forces, including the Accessibility Guidelines WG (formally the WCAG WG), Accessible Platform Architecture (APA) WG, the Web Platform WG (formally the HTML5 WG), as well as the W3C Television on the Web Interest Group. He is also an active contributor to the Personalization Task Force, the Pronunciation Task Force, and the “Project Silver” Task Force.

21:00 ( 21:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Elizabeth Schafer Improve User Experience by Designing with Cognitive Differences in Mind

Cognitive disabilities are the most common type of disability but are often the hardest to understand. What do we need to consider to make sure we're not inadvertently excluding people? We'll look through the lens of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to explore how differences in cognitive functions can affect usability on websites, and what we can do to improve the user experience for everyone.

About the speaker

Elizabeth is a senior front-end engineer working on design systems and accessibility advocacy at VitalSource. She likes making websites that don't exclude people.

22:00 ( 22:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Courtney Cox Wakefield For Folx Sake: Designing Inclusive Digital Content

The demand for inclusive content has never been higher. Look no further than Google trends, where the topic “gender-neutral language” has steadily climbed in interest since 2012, reaching a new peak this month. This session will show attendees how to create digital content that appeals to an inclusive audience without watering down their message.

About the speaker

Courtney is a non-binary digital marketer, speaker, and author. Passionate about creating inclusive online spaces, Courtney works with her clients and employer to update digital content and experiences that reinforce heteronormativity and the gender binary. Courtney lives in Dallas, TX with their wife, new baby, and six pets.

23:00 ( 23:00 UTC 10 Oct ) Melanie Sumner The Phenomenon of the Unlucky Choice

We often talk about patterns and well-lit paths, but what happens when we make a poor choice? What happens when we make ten poor choices? It didn't take a day to make a mess of our applications, and it will take longer than a day to clean it up. We'll examine some of the not-so-hidden pitfalls, and discuss some practical steps that will help us make our applications more inclusive and more technically sound.

About the speaker

Melanie is a decorated, disabled military veteran who works as a Senior Software Engineer at LinkedIn with a focus on accessibility in open source. She is an active member of the Ember.js core team and co-organizer of the Ember Chicago Meetup.

00:00 ( 00:00 UTC 11 Oct ) The after party

Your hosts will discuss their favourite webinars from the last 24 hours, and might have a drink or two!