Wednesday 19th March, 2014
3:10pm to 4:10pm
The accessibility field is powered forwards by the passion and insights of its advocates, specialists and consultants. Our insights are our service to our clients and the disabled and elderly users whose needs we aim to make known and support.
So it is incredibly important that the quality of the expertise we bring to our clients is always top-notch. As the pace of technology change and people’s use of technology is extreme, we need to make sure that all the advice we are giving is absolutely true, not just in the past but now. For us to be effective, we need to continually look to see whether the orthodox accessibility views we hold actually square-up with the present digital experience of disabled and elderly people.
So it may come as a shock to hear that many of the things accessibility advocates believe are out of date, when tested against the insights of recent user-research and user-testing with disabled and elderly people, rather than relying on increasingly old documentation on ‘how disabled people use the web’.
This talk introduces 16 foundational things that all advocates “know” about accessibility, and uses real user-research to expose them as myths that need to be replaced to properly serve today’s tablet and mobile-obsessed disabled and older users.
Award-winning digital inclusion thought-leader & accessibility consultant. Lead-Author of BS8878. http://www.hassellinclusion.com
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