Session One – Afternoon

Broadway Room

From Trainwreck to BAU – The Commercial Reality of Accessibility

1:30pm-1.55pm, Thu 18 October 2018

Accessibility should just be business as usual for anyone working in the web development industry. Unfortunately this is not always the case, with it still sometimes being an afterthought added at various stages throughout the design, development or testing process.

In this session, we’ll be going through some real-world horror stories where accessibility wasn’t considered early enough, and dig into the commercial impacts and how they could have been resolved much sooner and more simply.

But not everything is a trainwreck! We’ll also look at the benefits that designing for accessibility from the very beginning can bring and discuss some takeaways to help you include accessibility into your projects as BAU.


Damian Keeghan

National Front-End Development Lead, Deloitte Digital

Damian KeeghanDamian has been working with internet technologies for over 13 years and is currently a Director and National Front-End Development Lead at Deloitte Digital.

He discovered a passion for building for accessibility over 8 years ago when he implemented his first site according to the WCAG spec, only to sit with a blind user and get told they couldn’t understand a thing. Since then, he’s discovered the importance of both meeting the spec and having a good accessible user experience.

Damian is a strong believer that accessibility is just best practice user experience and web development and is more than happy to argue consult with anyone who believes otherwise.

2.1 Steps Forward – What’s New in WCAG

2:00pm-2:25pm, Thu 18 October 2018

The de facto international standard for web accessibility, the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 was released in 2008.

The past 10 years have seen significant changes in technology and the ways we interact with the web. In response to these changes, the W3C released WCAG version 2.1 in June 2018.

WCAG 2.1 includes support for people who:

  • use touch interfaces (like smartphones and tablets, but also larger touch-enabled screens)
  • have low vision
  • have intellectual or learning disabilities
  • use speech recognition software.

In this session, Jason Kiss reviews what’s new in WCAG 2.1, and takes a closer look at some of the new Success Criteria (requirements) added to the standard.

Jason Kiss

Lead Consultant, Access Advisors

Jason KissJason Kiss is lead consultant at Access Advisors, an accessibility solutions provider in New Zealand. He has 15 years of experience in web accessibility, with most of that time spent advising the Canadian and New Zealand governments on their web standards.

Jason is a past W3C Advisory Committee representative for the New Zealand Government, and previous co-editor on the W3C HTML Accessibility API Mappings specification.

When not doing accessibility, he works on his farmlet with a few sheep and ducks.

Accessibility for MVPs

2:30pm-2.55pm, Thu 18 October 2018

Rapidly building a new website? Testing if an idea has a market? In developing Minimal Viable Products (MVPs), web accessibility often doesn’t make the development cut, locking out future clients.

In this talk, I will explore ways in which an MVP I had to retrofit for compliance, could have been on the way to compliance from the outset and how you can bring this into your process.

Liz Gilleran

UX Designer

Liz GilleranLiz Gilleran began at NICTA in 2015 (later CSIRO Data61) as a UX designer who began learning about web accessibility after a spell of several injuries left her temporarily housebound.

Passionate about good design, she is also currently studying user evaluation methods of data visualisation as part of a PhD at UNSW.