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Mobile UX 4 Accessibility – UXPA meetup slides

Thank you to Caleb Tang, Kath Moonan, Veronika Jermolina for inviting me to speak at their Mobile Inclusive Design event in London last night, held by the Usability Experience Professional’s Association. It was a lovely crowd and good to see some old faces.Continue Reading Mobile UX 4 Accessibility – UXPA meetup slides

Accessibility 2.0 – September 22nd, London

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.

Yay Factor: Accessibility 2.0, MetroShips, Coverville and the solar eclipse

  • Accessibility 2.0 - yes, it’s back and I’ll be talking about accessibility beyond the desktop together with Veronika Jermolina (AbilityNet) and Damon Rose (BBC Ouch).
  • MetroShip – my boyfriend and I are seriously contemplating buying a barge and converting it into a houseboat by putting shipping containers on it. Metroship, while not built of shipping containers is proof of what a livable beautiful space you can make it.
  • Coverville – shout out to Pixeldiva for tweeting about this. I struggle to find the right music to work to and this podcasts of covers is spot on.
  • The solar eclipse – The pictures speak for themselves.
A statue of Chairman Mao Zedong is silhouetted against a partial solar eclipse in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on July 22, 2009.

A statue of Chairman Mao Zedong is silhouetted against a partial solar eclipse in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on July 22, 2009.

Does one site fit all?

Just a quick post to share my slides from the Mobile Access – Device-independent or Accessible? panel at the European Accessibility Forum today in Frankfurt. Short and sweet as it was only a five minute presentation.

I’d normally go via Slideshare and get a transcript together but it just doesn’t want to play today. I’ll go in and try again later.

A huge thank you to Martin kliehm for putting together such a great conference. To track what else was talked about during the day check out #eafra on Tweetscan. Great debates were had.

Accessibility and mobile access are unique but cross over just as the image of a stick man and woman crossing the road do. Photo courtesy of Mickey Desai.

Quirky corners of disability – SXSW 2009, we need your vote!

Bored with accessibility? Over AJAX, ARIA? Can’t face yet another Jaws demo for dummies? Struggling to find a challenge in checklists…

This year myself, Lisa Herrod (Scenariogirl) and Glenda Sims (Goodwitch) are hoping to present a panel on Aging, Cognition & Deafness: The Quirky Corners of Web Accessibility at SXSWi 2009 and we really need your vote!

We’ll be looking at what it means to be deaf and culturally Deaf on the web, how aging can catch up with us all, cognitive disabilities vs. functional cognitive disabilities as well as issues around cerebral palsy in Second Life. We’re hoping to also include short videos of people using the web and virtual worlds and talk about how real people experience the web.

The kinds of topics we are looking to cover include:

  • How does deafness impact on access to online information?
  • Are subtitles enough to provide accessible content to the deaf?
  • What techniques can I apply to make my site more accessible to the deaf?
  • What sort of research has been done around people with multiple disabilities?
  • Which WCAG criteria do I need to be aware of?
  • Are there different considerations in user testing sites with deaf/aged/cognition users?
  • Why are clinical cognitive disabilities less important than functional cognitive disabilities in web design?
  • What design techniques can improve the usability of online forms for older users?
  • Can rich media projects like Second Life be accessible?
  • How could I increase the readability of a web page for a person with dyslexia?

If you want a small taster of what will be covered check out Lisa’s recently published millstone article in A List Apart on Deafness and the User Experience. This looks at the differences between being deaf with a small “d” and Deaf with a big “D”. You can also check out the experiences of people with disabilities in Second Life in this blog.

Vote for Quirky Corners of Accessibility and leave a comment if you have any questions or if there are any subject areas you’d be more interested to hear about.