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Accessibility for UX Designers
Tuesday, 9 April 2013 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
There's only one way to make the web more accessible: one project at a time.
And it all starts with you.
As a UX professional, you're often called on to be the glue that sticks projects together. You are trusted advisors that connect with all the right stakeholders for a project, including the people that will use the product you're building. You are most often the person that connects the big picture with in the trenches hands-on work. This makes you an ideal accessibility champion—someone poised to help create the most easy to use experiences for everyone, including people with disabilities.
And if you can do that, you deliver on the promise of the web: to be the most universal and inclusive medium that exists today.
About the workshop
This workshop has received great reviews from designers around the world, and now we're bringing it to Ottawa! Filled with practical advice and examples from real projects, this session will provide you with an in-depth look at accessibility requirements for the modern web, ensuring that you recognize accessibility challenges earlier in the design process and communicate accessibility concepts more clearly with the rest of your team. This approach is clear: we leave nothing to chance and nothing unspecified to make the translation from design to development smooth by eliminating the guesswork that allows accessibility barriers to creep into a project.
Up to the elbows
As a designer, you'll be creating long before anyone codes a single line of HTML or other code. And in order for your designs to be accessible you need to take one critical step forward. You need to dig in. Deep. Up to the elbows, even. You need to work with real examples from real projects so that you can see first hand how design problems create accessibility barriers. We'll look at 10 different challenges that every project faces and the impact of that challenge on accessibility. Reading about this stuff just isn’t going to cut it. You need to know the nitty-gritty, get your hands dirty, practical side of accessibility for all of these issues.
- What role does content play in terms of accessibility?
- How does layout impact someone that is blind? and how is that different than someone with low vision?
- How do your design choices make it easier (or more difficult) for someone with limited dexterity—using voice recognition software—to use your site?
If you’re asking any of these questions (or if you didn’t even know you should be asking them), then you need to spend this full day with Derek Featherstone. You’ll be better prepared to deliver accessible solutions now and in the future. After the workshop you’ll walk away with a set of planning worksheets and an action plan that can be used to integrate more accessibility into your existing or new projects so that you can deliver on your promise to make your sites and web apps accessible to as many people as you can. You know—the 650 million people worldwide that have disabilities.
Derek is a master teacher. He’ll guide you to learn:
- how to integrate accessibility into 5 critical points in the design process (so that it doesn't end up being just a rubber stamp at the end!)
- why a free tool that you have lying around your house helps you design layouts that work better for people with low-vision, and how it applies to examples we'll use throughout the workshop
- how to use accessibility as a design tool to create designs that are easier to use for everyone
- which 5 things that you MUST specify in order to successfully implement accessibility in a project
You'll get a copy of all the workshop materials AND you'll receive a package of templates and planning worksheets that the Simply Accessible team uses in their every day work.
When & Where
Simply Accessible is an experienced team of accessibility specialists who put the user first and strive to make the web a better place by designing and developing experiences that are easy to use for everyone, including people with disabilities. We share our extensive accessibility and user experience knowledge, skills and techniques with our clients and with people just like you through speaking at industry-leading conferences and workshops like this one.