Accessibilty Summit

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Environments for Humans brings together some of the Web's most notable experts in accessibility for an all-new, all-day online conference, the Accessibility Summit (Add event) on Sept. 30th from 9am to 5:30pm ET (see the full schedule below).
Purchase your tickets now! The first 50 tickets are only $149 for individual tickets, or $449 for a meeting room ticket.

Why Attend?

  • Attending a conference online means no travel hassle!
  • Bring the experts live to your desktop!
  • Time spent on the road is better spent instead with family, friends or in the office!
  • Sessions are developed to dive deeper into Accessibility!
  • See and ask questions directly to the speakers!
  • Can't make it the day of the conference? Watch the recordings whenever you want!


Is Universal Design Still Possible?

Matt May
by Matt May

The web platform has changed a lot over the last few years. Barely three years ago, the iPhone was the biggest challenge for practitioners of universal design.

In 2010, though, there are phones, tablets, new browsers and almost innumerable operating systems, each with their own capabilities and limits. Not to mention the needs and preferences of seniors and people with disabilities.

How can you create beautiful sites that are accessible by mouse, keyboard, touch and screen reader, while using the best features of HTML5 and CSS3? We will apply the lessons of the iPhone and iPad, learn about the challenges of HTML5, and see what is necessary to create a single site for everyone.

Mobile Accessibility

Derek Featherstone
by Derek Featherstone

The popularity of mobile technology is growing about as fast as mobile companies can produce new smartphones. Maybe even faster.

In this session, we'll look at how various mobile platforms have evolved in terms of accessibility for people with disabilities.

You'll learn about the accessibility features of the major mobile platforms as well as the features available to both the user and the developer for delivering accessible web content and applications.

Daniel Hubbell
by Daniel Hubbell

Our lives seem to have an increasing dependence on technology. It surrounds us.

But with the increasing pace of changes in technology it is harder for us to keep pace, particularly when the need for adaptation is compounded by a spectrum of disabilities and impairments.

For more than two decades Accessibility has been focused on two development philosophies: specialized add-on AT tools, and built-in accessibility features. But is this the right model and is it still relevant in the Cloud?

Through the concept of Inclusive Innovation we will explore whether the future of Accessibility should merely be an extension of other key information principles like Privacy and Security. Or is Universal Design enough?

Practical Accessibility Testing

Glenda Sims
by Glenda Sims

How do you know if your web site is accessible? Can automated testing tools help?

Glenda Sims will share gems from her 10+ years of experience testing sites for accessibility. Equip yourself with free and powerful testing tools. Learn how to turn it up a notch when you need to monitor accessibility across a vast enterprise. See some of the very latest testing tools that will help you evaluate color contrast, dynamic content and WAI-ARIA compliance.

Accessible CSS

Marla Erwin
by Marla Erwin

Learn CSS that's cool, sneaky, and fun — and best of all, that will make your designs soar without leaving accessibility behind.

  • Fluid, flexible, and fixed width layouts: Learn to love them all
  • Stealth backgrounds: images that expand with your layout
  • Em-based values: the "zoom" feature on steroids
  • Alternate stylesheets: offer great choices, then let the user decide

If you're a designer or developer frustrated by the "limitations" of designing compliant pages, you'll be out of excuses after this entertaining and eye-opening session.

Progressive Enhancement
with ARIA

Aaron Gustafson
by Aaron Gustafson

If you've been paying attention for the last few years, you're likely well-versed in progressive enhancement and it's content-out approach to web design, but you may be less familiar with the Accessible Rich Internet Applications spec and how you can leverage its enhanced semantics to provide a truly accessible experience.

In this session, we'll cover the following:

  • Discuss progressive enhancement and where ARIA fits into the mix
  • Examine how ARIA's landmark roles can provide additional clues as to document structure
  • Look at the various roles and states ARIA defines for building accessible widgets
  • Cover how to leverage tabindex in an effort to create a better overall experience when using the keyboard
  • Walk through the construction of an ARIA-enabled widget, from markup to scripting, following the progressive enhancement process

Accessibility & Compatibility

Jared Smith
by Jared Smith

With a focus more on what Web developers can do to ensure accessibility and compatibility, Jared Smith overviews how people with disabilities access and use the web and how to ensure optimal compatibility of web content with assistive technology.

Assistive technologies can make disabilities mostly irrelevant on the web, so long as web pages are designed and developed to be compatible with those technologies. So, let's stop disabling our audience and focus on making our Web sites truly accessible.

Accessibility & HTML5

Christopher Schmitt
by Christopher Schmitt

At over 900 pages, the HTML5 specification sadly can't be distilled into a small session.

So, Christopher Schmitt is focusing on the cool stuff.

In addition to an overview of HTML5 layout structure, Schmitt looks at the CANVAS element and how multimedia elements like AUDIO and VIDEO can be made more accessible.

The Schedule

NOTE that all times are in Eastern Time. (Time zone converter)

  • 9:00 a.m. Christopher Schmitt presents “Accessibility & HTML5”
  • 10:00 am Aaron Gustafson presents “Progressive Enhancement with ARIA”
  • 11:00 am Jared Smith presents “Accessibility & Compatibility”
  • 12:00 pm Marla Erwin presents “Accessible CSS”
  • 1:00 pm LUNCH
  • 1:30 pm Glenda Sims presents “Practical Accessibility Testing”
  • 2:30 pm Daniel Hubbell presents “Future Trends in Accessibility”
  • 3:30 pm Derek Featherstone presents “Mobile Accessibility”
  • 4:30 pm Matt May presents “Is Universal Design Still Possible?”

Schedule subject to change. All presentations will be roughly 45 minutes long with an additional 10 minutes for questions and answers, then a five-minute break while we get ready for the next speaker. 

Purchase Tickets

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How Does It Work?

Once you are registered, you will receive a follow-up email to confirm your reservation. Later on, as the event draws near, you will receive a more detailed message, with the full schedule and other helpful information to help you take full advantage of your conference-going experience and plan your day.

On the day of the conference, you will receive an email invitation about 45 minutes before everything starts. Click on the enclosed link to sign in and enter the virtual meeting space. Once you are signed in, you’ll be able to see and hear the presentations as they happen, ask questions as needed and chat with the other attendees if you like!

Technical Specifications: to attend The Summit, you will need a modern web browser (Firefox 1.5, IE 6 & Safari 2 or newer, for example) and a recent version of the Adobe Flash Player. Follow this link to run our system diagnostic (opens in a new window). It will let you know right away which plug-ins, if any, you will need to update before the event.

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