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Wednesday, June 3 • 09:00 - 17:00
Introduction to Accessibility Audits

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When something works for everyone, it works better for everyone' Derek Featherstone.
By the end of this jammed packed session of learning, you will have accessibility feedback on your system, if reachable at the venue, or the information and knowledge you need to begin your own accessibility audit. This hands-on and interactive workshop will introduce the fundamentals of accessibility auditing with a focus on the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We will use the Accessibility Quadrants to help assess Readability, Inclusive Language, Usability and Compliance.

This introduction to accessibility as a testing discipline begins with a unique, fun and interactive accessibility quiz! It will continue working through each accessibility quadrant and the focus for each participant will be executing testing on their own websites or systems (if accessible) for immediate feedback to take back to work, or one similar if one can be found. With support from the instructor and the help of supplied checklists and free tools (plus other resources such as cheat sheets), each attendee will be able to gain practical experience of accessibility testing that can provide valuable feedback even before you return to the office. We will introduce and use a number of tools to help with testing and note their strengths and weaknesses. We will put our phones in accessibility mode and test apps and sites to gain an understanding of the different ways people interact online. We will use screen readers to assess how those with no or limited vision will experience our applications. We will introduce accessibility traits to user stories to understand it is not only people with disabilities that have access issues!

Don't forget to bring your phone, headphones, curiosity and thirst for learning.

Key Takeaways:
  • An understanding of the value accessibility adds to your applications and reputations
  • Why accessibility ≠ disability, it is more about inclusion
  • Practical accessibility testing experience
  • Practical mobile accessibility testing experience
  • An understanding of the Accessibility Quadrants
  • How to advocate for accessibility at work
  • Knowledge of tools, checklists and other resources to support accessibility testing
  • Practical arguments and information to advocate for accessibility testing in their companies

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Adrian Stokes

Senior Test Analyst, Computershare
Adrian ‘Ady’ Stokes is a long-time accessibility advocate with over 20 years’ experience in Audit, Business Intelligence and Test roles. With a thirst for learning and continually improving he's always looking for ways to share information from his blog to a monthly newsletter... Read More →

Wednesday June 3, 2020 09:00 - 17:00 EEST
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