I missed Accessibility 2.0 last year as I was away at another conference but remember avidly checking Twitter as the day unfolded and with it the controversy and the light bulb moments.
So much good came out of it such as Easy YouTube, a collaboration between the flame haired love-god of accessibility Christian Heilmann and the delectable Antonia Hyde, as well as Scripting Enabled which took off in London and Seattle.
Thankfully it’s back this year and I definitely wont miss it as I’ll be there sharing a panel with Marco Zehe from Mozilla, Damon Rose from BBC Ouch and Veronika Jermolina from AbilityNet on “Accessibility beyond the desktop”. The rest of the speaker line-up is pretty impressive too with Christian giving the keynote, the mighty Steve Faulkner talking about WAI-ARIA and Mark Boulton on accessible design – something that is rarely spoken about enough. We get so hung up with technical accessibility for screen readers that often we overlook deaf users and people with cognitive problems who thrive off good design.
Speaking of which, Lisa Herrod, one of a handful of people who has a focus on deafness and hard of hearing issues, will also be giving a pre-conference workshop on deafness awareness for webteams. Definitely one not to be missed and if you need any more convincing then check out her article on A List Apart: Deafness and User Experience.
The good people at AbilityNet are also putting together podcasts of the day that the Opera Developer Network will be sponsoring. If you want a flavour of what’s to come check out the podcasts and transcripts from last year.
So sign up and get your tickets while they last and follow Accessibility 2.0 on Twitter so that you can get updates before and during the day.
See you there – and come armed with questions on accessibility beyond the desktop as this is where it’s at right now.