Workshop: Practical Skills Designing for Accessibility

Location:

Level: 
Beginner

When:

9:00am - 4:00pm

Prerequisites

  • The attendees need to bring a laptop and be happy to install/activate NVDA on a PC or VoiceOver on a Mac (voiceover is already installed on new macs)
  • Headphones would also be useful
  • They will also need a smartphone iOS or Android.

"More than a billion people in the world today experience disability. These people generally have poorer health, lower education achievements, fewer economic opportunities and higher rates of poverty. This is largely due to the barriers they face in their everyday lives, rather than their disability.” – The World Health Organisation.

More than ever before, the need to deliver inclusive, accessible digital products and services constitutes both a moral and a commercial imperative. Accessible products ensure that people with disabilities - whether they are cognitive, physical, visual or auditory - can interact with, navigate and contribute to the web. Molly will begin the workshop by talking openly about her experience with Usher Syndrome and sharing her views on how technology can be better designed and configured to improve digital experiences for everyone and not just those with an impairment.

Molly and Chris will then guide you through the various challenges and obstacles that commonly prevent impaired users from engaging with digital products or services and teach you how to use some of the most popular assistive technologies on desktop and portable devices. We’ll demo and give you a chance to experience using screen readers, screen magnification tools, vision impairment glasses and mobility gloves.

After this workshop, you’ll have a better understanding of the challenges users of assistive technologies encounter and learn the basic principles that will help you evaluate your own digital products to ensure you are providing the best, most inclusive experience for all your users.

The session will cover:

  • Introduction to inclusive design and usability
  • How Molly uses assistive technology
  • Hands overview of accessibility awareness tools, including:
    • Visual simulation glasses
    • Mobility simulation gloves
  • Hands on session using assistive software on PCs and Macs (Screen readers, and screen magnifiers)
  • Hands on session using assistive software on iOS and Android (Using a screen reader, speak-screen, zoom)
  • A technical walk through of common accessibility challenges and how to avoid them (Including code examples)
  • A walkthrough of some of our favourite accessibility tools and resource

Speaker: Molly Watt

Inclusive Technology Specialist @mollywatttrust

Molly Watt is a 23 year old inclusive technology evangelist, keynote and TEDxNHS speaker, children's illustrator and author, co founder of the Molly Watt Trust, director of Molly Watt Limited ambassador of ReSound, Sense and advocate of assistive technology Currently consulting with developers and designers in digital, breaking down barriers for those with and without specific accessibility needs. Working alongside some of the biggest in digital and their accessibility teams. Also raising awareness of abilities within disabilities using assistive technologies. Born severely deaf then registered blind - becoming deafblind at 12 Molly has a unique insight into accessibility, the use of accessibility features and mainstream assistive technologies. Having spoken, run workshops and consulted worldwide to accessibility teams at Apple, Cupertino, Apple Corporate, Sydney, Apple, London, also raising awareness of diversity, the need for inclusion at Harvard Medical School, Palace of Westminster, London also, Government Digital Services, BBC Accessibility, Barclays Bank Accessibility, Coventry Building Society, TSA, London Digital Health, NHS, Sigma, Wayfindr, Naidex, Atec. Collaborating with charities and those in the fields of awareness, empathy, accessibility, assistive technology and inclusion. Molly’s believe is that digital holds the key to accessibility, diversity and inclusion for all. We all have work to do.

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Speaker: Chris Bush

Head of Experience Design @Sigma

Chris has over 15 years’ experience in interaction design, usability and accessibility. He counts himself lucky to have worked on many successful high profile projects, across a wide variety of sectors and technologies, for both national and global brands including National Geographic, BBC Canada, InterContinental Hotels Group, Citizens Advice and AstraZeneca. Chris is a certified HCI usability analyst, a UX evangelist and a member of Northern UX group, UXmentors.co.uk, WaSP ILG, and WaSP Interact - part of the global web standards project. Chris leads the Experience Design team at Sigma, a Swedish IT consulting organisation with 2700 people across 11 countries. He leads the group’s centre of excellence for Experience Design.

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