Events

Local and remote accessibility events

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Event List

Inspirational stories of strength building and sustainable lifestyles for people with disabilities Webinar

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To commemorate International Persons with Disabilities Day, Deque is proud to partner with Adaptive Training Foundation and their athletes for this virtual panel.

The theme for this year's International Persons With Disabilities Day (IDPD) is 'Empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality. Persons with disabilities, as both beneficiaries and agents of change, can fast track the process towards inclusive and sustainable development and promote a resilient society for all.

Virtual Panel: Inclusion and equality for people with disabilities in education and employment Webinar

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To commemorate International Persons with Disabilities Day, our panelists will discuss the experiences they've had in academic institutions and while seeking employment. This webinar is intended to create awareness common barriers, opportunities, or resources for people with disabilities encounter at academic institutions or while seeking employment. This panel is a great introduction for people who are new to accessibility but want to learn more.

Applying Accessibility Heuristics to a Wireframe: Part 3 Webinar

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Join Denis Boudreau and Aparna Pasi, two of our UX accessibility experts for a live webinar on Thursday, December 6th at 1PM EST. They will walk you through the fundamentals of a design review process for accessibility, based on the set of accessibility-focused heuristics introduced in the previous webinar session.

A11y Nottingham Event Regional

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Nottingham City Centre, United Kingdom
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Do you want to learn how to make what you’re creating accessible and/or just keen to network with other like-minded people looking to make a difference to users with different abilities?

We will predominantly be covering digital topics to gain as much insight into the technology that is assisting people every day. This will include hints and tips on website accessibility from organisers, HeX Productions. Follow @a11yNottingham for more info. Event hashtag: #Nottingham

Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design meetup Lighting Talks Regional and Webinar

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The Nerdery 1033 W Van Buren #700 Chicago, IL
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The Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design meetup presents a Lightning Talk event on Tuesday, December 11th at 6pm CT. A live stream will be available for those who can't attend in person.

Accessibility and Compliance: How to measure digital accessibility Webinar

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Join part two of our live webinar series on accessibility and compliance. Glenda Sims, Director of Consulting at Deque Systems, will discuss how organizations can measure accessibility via the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 A & AA in order to stay compliant and accessible.

Tips for management: how accessibility testing actually impacts your development process Webinar

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This webinar is geared towards those who have been recently tasked with accessibility, are starting to think about how to automate accessibility testing, or are curious about different ways to implement testing into their organization. Noah Mashni, Solutions Architect at Deque, will answer common questions people have when they’re curious about how accessibility will impact their current organization and developers.

Nurturing a Neurodiverse Workplace Regional

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Sprout Social HQ, 131 S Dearborn St Suite 700, Chicago, IL 60603
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Join us for a talk about growing a neurodiverse work team! Amy Johnson will share her experiences in using her self-awareness as a tool in her work and approaching design from a different direction. She'll cover topics including: The benefits of hiring those with atypical brains, how to best collaborate with individuals who have ADD, ADHD, Autism, and more, and how to make your work environment healthier and more flexible for all, both neurotypical and atypical. Event hashtag: #a11ychi

Digital Accessibility 101 - The Basics Regional

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31975 Chagrin Blvd, Pepper Pike, OH 44124
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Digital accessibility means that your website, mobile app, or electronic documents like PDF files can be navigated and understood by all users, including those with visual, auditory, motor, or cognitive disabilities. This presentation will cover the fundamentals of inclusive design and digital accessibility.

What to look for in an accessibility vendor Webinar

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Join our live webinar: Reference and apply these key business requirements when evaluating accessibility vendors. Without accessibility expertise, evaluating accessibility vendors can be a difficult task. Who can you trust? Sachin Gupta, Director of Development Services at Deque, will review key characteristics organizations should evaluate when looking for an accessibility partner and basics they should have in mind when evaluating tools and services.

role=drinks San Diego Accessibility Kickoff! Regional

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Mission Brewery, 1441 L Street, San Diego, CA
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Join us for our role=drinks San Diego kickoff event. Whether you're an accessibility guru or are just curious about what exactly web accessibility and inclusive design are, this meetup is for you. This group is for designers, developers, project managers, execs… really anyone involved in building web products. Let's get together, network, collaborate and learn from one another! Event hashtag: #roledrinks

A11Y Talks: Live Demo of Auto-Captioning in Presentations! Webinar

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Google Slides, Skype, and Microsoft recently rolled out with automatic captioning of video presentations. Catharine McNally happened upon the Closed Captioning icon just minutes before a company-wide meeting at Phase2 Technology. Raising her hand for her colleagues to 'turn on' the button, and what followed was a riveting display of speed and accuracy of dialogue across speakers in multiple rooms between Washington, DC, Portland, Oregon, and New York City.
Everyone was truly excited about the captioning and the possibilities that may follow: transcriptions for notes, more equal access, and ability to search for captions for bits of meeting notes. The best part was it was 'ready' out of the box for users of Google Slides and compatible for display within the Zoom and/or BlueJeans platform. Since then, reports of similarly positive experiences have cropped up for live-captioning for Skype and Microsoft products. Event hashtag: #A11yTalks

Conference & Demo: Business Built on Inclusive Design Regional

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Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, 105 St George St., Toronto, ON M5S 3E6
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Join us on Feb 5th, 2019 in Toronto as we deep dive into how businesses, large and small, are being commercially successful using the concept of Inclusive Design. Inclusive design encourages designing for the 'excluded user' and thereby extending a product or service to many more. The event will feature 4 short talks, a hands-on demo and a case competition for MBA students.

Mobile Office Hours: Deque mobile updates with dedicated time for Q&A Webinar

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Join our live, open office hours on February 12th from 1:00-2:00PM EST to stay up-to-date on all things Deque mobile (iOS & Android) and come prepared with your outstanding mobile accessibility questions! This session will be hosted by our mobile expert, Chris McMeeking. Chris has 5+ years of mobile application development experience and has worked with the Android Open Source Project. Currently, he is the Senior Software Engineer at Deque Systems, architect of Deque's Native Accessibility analysis solutions. Lastly, Chris is an active member of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) mobile working group that is defining international standards for accessibility.

A11Y Talks: Inclusive Content Strategy Webinar

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Inclusivity is at the heart of an effective content strategy. Accessible code may be imperative for inclusion, but all the code in the world doesn't do any good if the content is not meaningful to our readers.
In this session, we'll go over what we can do as content authors to ensure our readers feel that we are speaking with them, not at them. We'll look beyond the semantic markup and structured content to see the strategic value of inclusive, well-written content. Event hashtag: #A11yTalks

Local Accessibility Projects and Assistive Technologies Regional

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4415 Northfield Rd, Warrensville Heights, OH 44128
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Local accessibility experts discuss successful accessibility projects and introduce you to assistive technologies for people with vision loss. Event hashtag: #A11yCLE

World IA Day 2019 Regional

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Kent State University Library, 1125 Risman Dr. Kent, OH 44242
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Get your tickets now for World IA Day in Kent, Ohio. This full-day event features amazing speakers from Northeast Ohio's top companies and surrounding states. Inclusive Design and A11y topics are on the agenda. Tickets are free for this event. Reserve your spot now.

How Accessibility Testing Actually Impacts Developers Webinar

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Developers are often told to make their websites accessible like it is an easy light switch you turn on or off. Accessibility is necessary to make the web a better place, but it can be a challenging topic if you’ve recently been tasked with it. Whether you’ve recently been tasked with accessibility or you’re curious about ways you can save time with automated accessibility testing, it’s very important to understand the scope of accessibility and its potential impact before implementing accessibility best practices into your code.

How to convince your boss to care about accessibility Webinar

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Join our live webinar](https://accessibility.deque.com/how-to-convince-boss-care-about-accessibility) to learn about best practices and real-life examples of how to convince your boss to care and prioritize accessibility at your organization. Before accessibility is prioritized at an organization, there is oftentimes a lone developer or small group that cares about creating websites or applications that are accessible for all users. However, advocating for accessibility without having funding can be a frustrating battle.

4th Annual Axe-Hackathon Regional

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Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA, USA, 700 West Convention Way, Anaheim, CA 92802
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Contribute to making the web accessible to people with disabilities at the 4th Annual axe-Hackathon on March 16th, 2019. The Hackathon will be led by Wilco Fiers and other members of the axe team. We will be testing open source component libraries and logging accessibility issues, building new axe integrations, sharing knowledge and solutions with our fellow accessibility devotees, working on personal accessibility projects, and anging out with awesome people and making the web a better place.

Mobile Office Hours: Axe for Android Open Source Announcement and Q&A Webinar

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Join our live webinar to learn about Deque’s newest announcement: Open sourcing axe for Android! This session will be hosted by our mobile expert, Chris McMeeking. Chris has 5+ years of mobile application development experience and has worked with the Android Open Source Project.

Cleveland Accessibility March Get-Together... and Book Club! Regional

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Market Garden Brewery, 1947 W 25th St., Cleveland, OH
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Cleveland Accessibility March 21, 2019 Meetup will be a social/networking gathering to discuss the Book 'A Web for Everyone' by Sarah Horton & Whitney Quesenbery. This book gives practical advice and examples of how to create sites that everyone can use, and uses individual personas to focus attention on the essential idea that accessibility begins and ends with people.

What to expect from an accessibility audit Webinar

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Join our live webinar to learn the scope of an accessibility audit and how it can jumpstart your organization’s accessibility journey. If your organization is just starting to learn about accessibility, it can be difficult to know where to start. Free automated testing tools, such as axe, or training are a great starting point. However, if you want to be confident that your website or application is accessible, consulting with an accessibility partner for an accessibility audit is essential.

A11Y Talks April: Accessibility Newbie to Ninja - 10 Steps Webinar

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Like a lot of people, you have come to realize that accessibility is an important part of everyone’s job if you work on the web. Whether you’re in design, development, QA, or account management, you’re interested in being part of the solution, right? So now you’re ready to move it up a notch, and looking for ideas to help you get it done. In this talk, Abby will talk about some tools and actions that she's used in the past year to help her improve her accessibility game. Participants will walk away with a punch list of actionable ideas, many of which can be implemented on a day-to-day basis without disrupting your workflow. Before you know it, you’ll be making a difference every day! It's a long and winding road, so pack a lunch and enjoy the journey! Event hashtag: #A11yTalks
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Major tech and retail companies are showing up to (and sponsoring) accessibility conferences. More and more companies seem to have an interest in accessibility and in sustainable accessibility. From year to year, it is becoming abundantly clear that accessibility is growing and changing. This webinar is great for those who were unable to attend CSUN, missed this session at the show, or are curious about current accessibility trends.

Mobile Office Hours: Accessible Carousels Webinar

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Join this technical discussion on Monday, April 29th from 2:00-3:00PM EST about our learnings from implementing an Accessible Android Carousel and why user empathy was our biggest challenge. This session is hosted by our mobile expert, Chris McMeeking. Chris has 5+ years of mobile application development experience and has worked with the Android Open Source Project. Currently, he is a Senior Software Engineer at Deque Systems, architect of Deque's Native Accessibility analysis solutions. Lastly, Chris is an active member of the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) mobile working group that is defining international standards for accessibility.

A11yCLE April 29 Meetup: CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Recap 2019 Regional

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Independence Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, 6361 Selig Dr, Independence, OH
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The CSUN Assistive Technology Conference is the largest conference in the world to focus on the field of assistive technology. The conference was held in Anaheim, California, March 11 to March 15, 2019. Over 350 presentations were on the agenda, and more than 500 speakers representing a wealth of expertise on all facets of living with disabilities and using assistive technologies were in attendance.

CMS vs. Headless CMS A11y Throwdown Webinar

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Join us for a live discussion of how accessibility is impacted by using a CMS vs. a headless CMS and what are the pros/cons of each when it comes to creating accessible sites and applications. We have Rachel Cherry from WPCampus, Preston So from Gatsby, Carie Fisher from Deque Systems, and Mike Gifford from Open Concept participating with Caitlin Cashin from Deque Systems, moderating. Event hashtag: #CMSa11ytalk

Budapest Accessibility Meetup Regional

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Nem Adom Fel Cafe & Bar, 1086 Budapest, Magdolna utca 1., Hungary
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This is going to be the first event of the Budapest Accessibility Meetup. The language of this meetup is Hungarian.. Event hashtag: #a11ybudapest

How Accessibility Testing Actually Impacts Quality Assurance (QA) Webinar

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In this live webinar, you'll learn about the scope of accessibility and its potential impact on your day to day job as a QA tester or manager. QA teams that are tasked with accessibility may be unfamiliar with the topic and unsure where to start. To achieve compliance and test for accessibility requirements, QA testers should understand the scope of accessibility and what tools and methodologies are available.

Philly Content Strategy: Digital Accessibility, A Panel Regional

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EPAM, 30 South 15th Street 9th Floor, Philadelphia, PA, USA
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Creating accessible digital products (websites, apps, intranets, etc.) that are inclusive and open to everyone is the responsibility of all of us. In the words of Marcy Sutton, 'We have the power to improve lives through technology — we should use our passion for the craft to build a more accessible web.''

T12t meetup - Global Accessibility Awareness Day Regional

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Spotify, Regeringsgatan 19, Stockholm
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Spotify will host us for our Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) meetup in their new headquarters in Stockholm. We have a great lineup of speakers – including international keynote speaker Molly Watt, flying in from the UK.

Cleveland Accessibility #GAAD Meetup Regional

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Twinsburg Public Library, 10050 Ravenna Rd., Twinsburg, OH
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Join us on May 16th as we celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day! This is a co-hosted Meetup with Cleveland Accessibility and UX Akron. The purpose of #GAAD is to encourage people to talk, think, and learn more about digital accessibility and inclusion. UX Researchers, UX designers, front-end developers, back-end developers, programmers, and other digital professionals can work to ensure that websites, mobile apps, and other digital experiences (VR, AR) are inclusive and accessible to everyone.

Munich Accessibility Meetup Regional

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Microsoft, Walter-Gropius-Straße 5, 80807 München
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Together with Microsoft, A11y MUC will be celebrating the eighth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) in Munich! The purpose of the GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about (digital) accessibility and inclusion. More and more people are interested in in the topic of making technology accessible and user-friendly, unfortunately they often just do not know where or how to start. That’s why awareness comes first!

Time Control in Web Accessibility Webinar

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The time of plain web pages and dial-up internet is gone forever. We live in the world where our devices are able to simultaneously operate with tons of data. Tweets, notifications, alert messages, progress bars — all these components appear on the web page asynchronously, which makes the user experience more convenient than ever. Being a developer in 2019 means being able to make beautiful, fast and fully accessible user interfaces. In this talk, you will learn how to apply the best accessibility practices when making asynchronous components and how to test these components with modern assistive technologies. Event hashtag: #A11yTalks

Web Accessibility Summit Regional

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Missouri State University Glass Hall, 851 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield, MO 65897
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A one-day conference about all things website accessibility in higher education and beyond. We invite web, digital and accessibility professionals to attend. We also welcome faculty and instructional designers. Event hashtag: #A11ySummit

Utah Inclusive Design and Digital Accessibility Meetup Regional

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Instructure Offices, 6330 S 3000 E · Salt Lake City, UT
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The Utah Inclusive Design and Digital Accessibility Meetup is designed to bring together web and mobile app developers and engineers, instructional designers, higher ed IT professionals, disability service providers, user experience, design, and other digital professionals together to share, learn, and network around the topic of digital and web accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

Web Accessibility for Developers: Essential Tools for Inclusive Coding (Pixel Pioneers Workshop) Regional

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The Waterfront, Welsh Back, Bristol BS1 4SB, United Kingdom
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In this one-day workshop, led by Tiffany Tse and Scott Vinkle of Shopify, you will explore the core concepts of web accessibility, what it is and why writing inclusive code is so important. Throughout the workshop, you’ll learn best practices, how to use and test with a screen reader, and how to fix common accessibility issues.

What's Dyslexia Got To Do With It?! Webinar

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A high incident of dyslexic traits are found in computer programmers. These special traits and abilities are commonly depicted as disabilities. In the same vein, one-fifth of the estimated global population possesses disabilities. Join me as we deploy the narratives that exist at the intersection of ability and access. Let’s steer the strengths, park the misconceptions and drive hacks meant to empower programmers who exhibit special traits and abilities.

Speaker: Jeannette Washington, M.Ed. (https://twitter.com/bearlyartic)
Meeting link: https://bit.ly/June2019A11yTalks
Event hashtag: #A11yTalks

ACCESS 2019 Regional

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212 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
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ACCESS is for the accessibility enthusiast. Attendees can hear from industry leaders on a11y laws, strategies, and use cases, get certified as a video accessibility expert, network, and get access to free food, swag, open bar at happy hour, and more! Whether you already have a video accessibility initiative at your organization or not, you'll leave empowered, motivated, and prepared to create a more universe-ally accessible world.