A little over a week to go before A11y Camp 2018 starts in Melbourne, and we are all getting very excited!
We have an extraordinary program of presentations on digital accessibility and inclusion, including four distinguished keynotes and a further 12 talks in two streams, delivered by practitioners right at the coal face of accessibility in Australia. Take a look at the Program and the Speaker list, and if you haven’t already registered, jump on one of the 40 or so places still available.
A11y Camp is much more than a one-day conference, of course. This year’s program of practical, hands-on workshops is our best yet, with two full-day and two half-day workshops on topics that are key to the work of those focused on accessibility and inclusion.
There are still a few places left for Lainey Feingold‘s half day workshop on Structured Negotiation (a must-attend for anyone interested in disability advocacy, rights and potential litigation) and Allison Ravenhall‘s half day WCAG 2.1 workshop (what you need to understand and meet the new Success Criteria).
A11y Camp 2018 has even more to offer than the conference and the workshops. We are crafting a three day event that will, as a whole, lift your awareness and understanding of digital accessibility.
Hitchhikers Guide to Accessibility (a pre-conference basic introduction to accessibility and inclusion for those new to it)
Resources Display Wall to share favourite accessibility tools, products and publications.
Sketch Group providing live sketchnoting during the conference
We can also announce that in collaboration with one of our sponsors, we are preparing a Tech Showcase to demonstrate the use of some different types of assistive technology.
A11y Camp will also feature an exciting new approach to accessibility for people who are blind or have low vision called Aira, which connects users with a sighted professional agent who delivers visual assistance anytime and anywhere. Our venue will be an access point for Aira subscribers.
Throw in the networking and socialising that comes with collecting together a few hundred people all focused on improving accessibility, and you have a significant professional development event.
And yes, there will be a Donut Wall.
We are down to about 40 places left for the conference itself, on track to selling out. If you want to join us, register soon.
We’re still looking for a few more Volunteers at A11y Camp. We need willing bodies to help us on conference day with registration, supporting speakers, moving people from room to room, and all the little details that help to make an event like this a success.
We will feed you, and you will get the opportunity to sit in on talks when you’re not busy with your tasks. You will need to be available at the venue in Melbourne all day (or most of it) on Thursday 18 October.
Go to our Volunteers web page for more information, and contact us.
Sydney Panel Discussion
We’re down to our last few places available at our side event hosted by the Sydney Web Accessibility & Inclusive Design Meetup, a panel discussion titled Legislation, Policy and Practice for Digital Inclusion. If you’re in Sydney on Monday 15 October and have any interest in disability law, rights and advocacy, this free event featuring Lainey Feingold, Alastair McEwin and Rosemary Kayess is one you shouldn’t miss.