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Helping you create Deaf-friendly Experiences

In this presentation, Nikhil will discuss the experience and knowledge, of how important it is to understand the accessibility for Deaf people and Sign language users.

We have a responsibility to follow some basic recommended guidelines which will give everyone the right access to information for Deaf and Sign language users. We want to enhance the deaf user-friendly experience for your services and products.

Nikhil Bora

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Nikhil Bora (He/Him/Deaf) is a visual design powerhouse with strong UI, Accessibility and motion design skills. With over 10 years of experience, he has designed and worked across agencies and large organisations on a variety of print, motion, installation, and interactive projects for Nike, Telstra, ANZ, Pandora, SBS, and Australia Post.

He became the 10th person to receive a cochlear implant in the world. Nikhil uses Auslan as his primary language and is the co-founder of SignHow, an innovative startup that produced the first inclusive and accessible sign language for all communities around the world. He is passionate about inclusive design and accessibility ‘a better digital life for everyone.’

Currently working as an Experience Designer at ANZ.

Using scenarios (vignettes) to explore sensitive topics in focus group discussions

Accessibility researchers are on a mission to improve access to products and services for people with disabilities and AT users. To do this well they seek insights from research participants about the challenges and barriers they experience when using technology. Understanding these experiences may require personal disclosure of intimate stories related to living with a disability.

Some participants may find it difficult to discuss such a sensitive topic in a research session.

In this presentation, I would like to (re-) introduce scenarios (vignettes) as a method that enables participants to engage in discussions on sensitive topics and to freely talk about abstract and personal experiences in a focus group setup.

Sylwia Frankowska Takhari

Sylwia Frankowska Takhari

I’m a UX researcher with over 10 years of experience in planning, designing and conducting face-to-face and remote research with users, including people with disabilities and those who communicate and access information using Assistive Technology

solutions.

I took my first steps in accessibility research at the BBC where I worked for 7 years helping design teams understand the insights from research and put them effectively into practice.

In 2018, I completed a PhD in information behaviour. From 2018 – 2020, I worked as an Accessibility Consultant at Hassell Inclusion and conducted accessibility research for a range of commercial and non-commercial organisations.

Currently, I am Research Fellow on the AT2030 project (UCL/WHO/GDI) and I lead two research teams, one in Sierra Leone and another one in Indonesia. With the local communities, we have co-designed AT interventions that will benefit people with disabilities and AT users living in the participating locations.

In SL, the intervention helps people with disabilities access health information, and in IN, the focus is on developing inclusive public spaces.

Everything you ever wanted to know about the accessibility tree

This presentation will provide a deep dive into the accessibility tree including how accessible names and accessible descriptions are applied, how ARIA can affect the accessibility tree.

You’ll also learn the order in which screen readers announce names, descriptions and more.

A valuable session for web designers, testers and developers.

Russ Weakley

Russ Weakley

Russ Weakley is an author, speaker, and CSS expert, with a detailed knowledge of web design and development.

Russ runs the Web Standards Group and has produced a series of widely acclaimed online tutorials on CSS, Responsive Web Design and web development.

Accessible Accessibility

The sad reality of our industry is that many sites and services are woefully inaccessible, and the teams behind them may not have the prior knowledge or motivation to become accessible.

Making your product accessible is likely to be at least as much of a political battle as it is a technical.

This presentation will guide you through being firm but collaborative in both of those struggles.

Josh Goldberg

Josh Goldberg

Hi, I’m Josh! I’m a developer from New York with a passion for open source, static analysis, and the web.

By day I’m a staff frontend developer on the Web Platform team at Codecademy, where I focus on our shared static analysis, testing, and accessibility tooling.

In my spare time, I contribute to TypeScript and other open source projects in its ecosystem, and am writing a Learning TypeScript book for O’Reilly. I’m passionate about bringing accessible education to the masses in a sustainable way.

Story Driven Accessibility – how next gen audio can help us broadcast more accessible stories.

Media access services, like subtitling, audio description and sign interpretation, are often treated as an afterthought, rather than integral to the creative process.

The next generation of broadcast technology, with its capabilities for providing personalised and adaptive content, gives us the tools to challenge this status quo.

This presentation will discuss new technology, the usability challenges it brings and give you a whistle-stop tour of current media accessibility research in the UK.

Lauren Ward

Lauren Ward

Dr Lauren Ward is a Research Fellow in Media Accessibility at the University of York, UK. She is funded by XR Stories and leads the Screen Industries Growth Network project A3I: Accessible Audio for Autistic Individuals.

Lauren has previously worked on broadcast audio accessibility at BBC R&D and completed her PhD research in this field (University of Salford, 2020). She is a General Sir John Monash Scholar, has a B.Eng and B.Phil (University of Tasmania) and has worked on assistive technologies for CSIRO and Cochlear.

Outside of research she can be found kayaking white-water, hiking, throwing axes, crocheting, or baking.

The System Usability Scale Doesn’t Work for Fifteen Percent of the Population

Did you know that the System Usability Scale (SUS) creates biases in your research, affecting one in five people?

That’s right! People with disabilities, especially those who use assistive technology, are not considered by most of the questions in the SUS.

In this talk, you will learn about the AUS, Fable’s solution to this problem, and how you can implement it in your research and design.

Samuel Proulx

Samuel Proulx

Samuel Proulx is the Accessibility Evangelist at Fable, a leading accessibility platform powered by people with disabilities.

As a blind individual, Sam knows and values the importance of accessibility in all aspects of life and is a strong advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the digital world.

Sam brings his previous experience as Fable’s community manager, plus life-long advocacy for himself and others, to his role as Evangelist.

Abid Virani

Abid Virani

Abid Virani is the COO at Fable.

Informed by experiences spanning the non-profit sector, international development initiatives, film and digital product development, Abid is a strong advocate of accessibility and inclusive design.

Abid has been celebrated as one of Forbes’ Top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs and an Emerging Innovator in North America by Ashoka Changemakers.

Inclusive Research

Max and Lucy have embarked on a journey to improve the inclusiveness of their research practice to ensure it’s accessible to all.

In their session they’ll be recounting their journey, reflecting on their key takeaways:

  1. Taking the goggles off: Your research should reflect the world as it is, not the world you’re perceiving.
  2. Creating Community: Excited by the challenge of making research inclusive, and empowering everyone to share their stories and experiences.
  3. Not one size fits all: Empowering participants to engage in research in a meaningful way.

Lucy Serret

Lucy Serret

Lucy is a Senior UX Design Consultant and a big accessibility advocate and inclusive design evangelist.

Through her work at Transpire, Lucy has gained extensive experience planning, conducting and synthesising user research with a vast range of users, including people who identify with a disability and/or neurodiversity.

Continually refining and questioning her approach to research and design, Lucy is a big believer of staying curious, collaborating with empathy and using storytelling as a tool to create positive change.

Max Honner

Max Honner

Max is a dedicated Human Centric Designer with a strong and varied background in end to end product and experience design.

Strategy and experimentation is at the heart of what Max does as a designer, with a strong focus on creating positive impacts for products and users.

As a person living with Dyslexia Max has come to see the world through a different lens. This point of view has made him increasingly interested in ensuring those around have the opportunity to have their say on how the world is designed.

How to get large organisations to prioritise accessibility

How do you get an large organisation to care about accessibility. When deadlines, profit and more features speak louder than focussing on accessibility issues it can feel like an up hill battle.

I’ve experienced two large organisations trying to do this and have learnt a few things along the way.

Frankie Balfour

Frankie Balfour

Frankie is an experienced Design Leader who would never claim to be an accessibility expert, but is super passionate.

Judging Forms by Their Labels

Forms are a huge part of how users interact with websites. They are a way to collect information, make sales, and establish contact.

It’s important to ensure that forms are accessible. Yet it can be daunting to learn about and implement accessible forms.

This talk will tackle one aspect of forms “labels” in depth. You’ll learn how to use HTML, CSS, and ARIA to ensure that your form labels work for everyone.

Alicia Evans

Alicia Evans

Alicia Evans is an accessibility consultant at Knowbility. Previously, she was the sole site accessibility engineer at FormulaFolios, Inc.

Before coming to web development, Alicia worked at several non-profit organizations that support people with disabilities. During this time, she saw what a difference accessibility and inclusion can make in people’s lives.

Getting the most out of jest-axe

Jest-axe is a custom matcher (the bit that does the checking in your test) for testing accessibility. It’s a handy way to catch a11y errors in our components.

To get the most value from it, though, we need to be a little careful about how we use it.

We’ll go from ‘iHaveNoIdea’ to ‘toHaveNoViolations’ in 20 minutes.

Steve Barnett

Steve Barnett

Steve Barnett is a front-end developer and user experience designer.

He loves applying human-centered design principles to front-end development and annotating designs with HTML tags.

He works at Xero, helping designers and developers make things ever more accessible.

Shift Left – Accessibility User Research with prototypes

At Telstra we believe it is our social and collective responsibility to create products and services that are physically, cognitively, and emotionally appropriate for all, so everyone can participate.

One way we have been doing with is with a dedicated program of user testing our live sites with a range of people with disability, but we wanted to challenge ourselves to include PWD at every stage of the design process.

We’d like to share with you our new methodology for testing prototype designs, using braille tactile diagrams and description methods for inclusive research.

Leona Zumbo

Leona Zumbo

I’m an Accessibility practitioner with over 10 years advocacy and digital experience.

As a Digital Accessibility Lead for Telstra, I manage a strategic program of initiatives to provide accessibility support, and uplift capability of the Digital teams in an Agile environment.

I am driven by the prospect of equal access to all digital experiences, for everyone.

Ruth Herr

Ruth Herr

I’m a UX Researcher with 20 years digital experience, in both Australia and Europe.

I aim to deeply understand how and why people do the things they do, and use that knowledge to facilitate great design and user experiences for everyone.

Disabling buttons accessibly

Are you disabling buttons in a way that is usable for people with disability?

Consider three methods of disabling buttons and the potential impacts of each method on users with disability.

Zoë Haughton

Zoe Haughton

I am a digital accessibility consultant based in New Zealand currently working with the Intopia crew.

I have a web development and teaching background with over 6 years experience in the field of accessibility.

I co-organise the Auckland digital accessibility and inclusive design meetup and have given presentations and workshops at meetups and conferences and organised/hosted a11y webinars.

The I in Inclusion

In inclusion and accessibility practice, we stress the importance of including diverse views and experiences. This encompasses recognising what we as practitioners bring to the table.

In this activity-based presentation, we invite you to reflect upon your own identity and your role as an inclusion/accessibility practitioner.

A critical understanding of yourself allows you to better understand how you engage with others, how to best work with others and identify opportunities for greater inclusion.

Eloise Cleary

Eloise Cleary

Eloise is a Product and Experience Designer at Centre for Inclusive Design. Through her work, Eloise aims to design products and systems that redefine the negative connotations around disability and invite inclusive conversation.

Eloise’s Product Design (Honours) degree and industry experience have provided an in-depth understanding in design thinking and creative problem-solving skills, specifically in areas of inclusion.

Samuel Yu

Samuel Yu

Sam is a designer at the Centre for Inclusive Design. His work aims to create more desirable futures through inclusive (re)design and a reframing of design towards community-led and convivial practice.

Sam is also a PhD researcher and casual academic in the Transdisciplinary School at the University of Technology Sydney.

Beyond usability testing

In the development cycle, user input often starts and ends with task-based usability testing.

In this presentation, Michelle will explore the different methodologies beyond usability testing that allow us to get rich insights for more accessible and inclusive solutions while in the development process.

Through case studies, she will demonstrate how ethnographic research, typically used in discovery stage, can add value to the development stage (and when not to use this approach).

Michelle Ou

Michelle Ou

Michelle is a human-centred designer at Centre for Inclusive Design, on a mission to make inclusion the norm. She believes we can tackle the wicked problems in our world with inclusive design and kindness.

She seeks to co-design equitable experiences which celebrate human diversity so that everyone can feel a sense of belonging.

Michelle is an #IamRemarkable facilitator, empowering women and underrepresented communities to celebrate their achievements.

With a deep understanding of the intersectional needs of diverse populations, she creates safe spaces for connection.

Her community-centred, evidence-based approach is informed by her background in vision science, customer experience and education.

Don’t believe the hype

“[A] published this so it must be accessible.”

Not necessarily.

“[B] is accessible because it’s used on so many sites”

Yeah, nah.

Cautionary tales about the need to check the accessibility of frameworks and third-party components, and what to do when they’re broken.

Allison Ravenhall

Allison Ravenhall

Accessibility Senior Specialist at Telstra, locked down in Melbourne.

Accessible Videos on your WordPress Website

Finding an accessible solution for embedding videos on your WordPress site can be challenging.

During this presentation we’ll look at one solution with tips and tricks to make your video and it’s content more accessible to a larger audience.

Sumner Davenport

Sumner Davenport

Sumner Davenport specializes in Web Accessibility on WordPress.

She is a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), is active in accessibility and legal conferences, and educational venues and is an active supporter of various disability organizations.

Her passion is to educate web designers using WordPress on the value and ease of an accessible website. Through her long-standing organization, she and her team have built, maintained, evaluated and remediated dozens of WordPress websites to WCAG 2.1 Success Criterion.

She is owned by a rescue dog named Tigger, his rescue cat, Merlin and their new kitty rescued from a busy highway.

Accessibility for bad guys

Accessibility is often presented as a virtuous pursuit. But what if it wasn’t virtuous at all?

This talk looks at accessibility from the perspective of a penny-pinching, uncaring, and fundamentally mean leader. If you’re a bad guy, is it still in your interests to make things accessible for your employees?

We’ll find out…

Zoë Rose

Zoe Rose

Zoë Rose teaches people about usability and accessibility through her training company, greatquestion.com.au.

She brings together expertise in teaching, user experience (UX) design, and lived experience of disability to help people make services that work for everyone.

She is a long-term disability enthusiast.

Implementing Android accessibility patterns

This presentation explores coding best practices and demonstrates the code involved with writing accessible components and screens in Android mobile apps.

Code examples will be demonstrated using conventional Android Views (Android’s existing UI framework), and Jetpack Compose (Android’s new UI framework).

Aniruddh Fichadia

Aniruddh Fichadia

I am a mobile engineer currently working at ANZx and I’ve been writing android apps since 2010, and professionally since 2015.

I’m passionate about writing quality apps for customers, with a focus on accessible experiences and app architecture.

I enjoy presenting at meetups and tinkering with code!

Accessible iOS Apps in Practice

So we know we want to make our app accessible, but how is it done? Let’s explore the code to make it happen on iOS.

Sometimes there is almost no extra code at all! Other times you can have quite a bit of work to do.

Let’s explore the basics first. Then how unique and complex interface designs can ramp the complexity of your accessibility code.

Ashton Williams

Ashton Williams

iOS Tech Lead and occasional speaker. Having worked primarily in the financial services industry Accessibility has not only been a personal passion but a requirement.

I’m all about making iOS apps that work great for everyone.

These aren’t the SCs you’re looking for…

WCAG is supposed to give us a reasonably objective way of saying whether or not the sites we are building/auditing are “accessible” (to a particular baseline).

However, they are only as useful as our understanding and interpretation of the actual guidelines’ normative text. And of course they’re not perfect – with some omissions, handwaving, and straight up loopholes.

So where does this leave developers and auditors? In this talk, Patrick may not have all the answers, but he’ll have a good rant around the subject anyway…

Patrick H. Lauke

Patrick H. Lauke

Patrick works as a Principal Accessibility Specialist at TetraLogical.

He’s been involved in the discourse around web standards and accessibility since 2001, occasionally speaking at conferences and participating in early initiatives such as the Web Standards Project (WaSP).

Nowadays, he acts as a WCAG trash panda, contributing to the guidelines (and various other W3C specifications) in the hopes of making the standards both robust and pragmatic.

His personal corner of the web can be found at www.splintered.co.uk.

“It’s all in my head” – My Journey with ADHD

A personal journey of ADHD presented via irreverent humour, memes, anecdotes and interpretive dance.

Charlii Parker

Charlii Parker

By day, Charlii Parker is a Digital Accessibility Consultant at Intopia

Championing for better access to all and encouraging businesses and organisations to listen to real end users and to think outside of the WCAG box.

By day and by night, Charlii is one of the approximate 533,300 adults in Australia with an ADHD diagnosis.

Expand Your Outreach with an Accessibility Champions Program

Multiply the power of your accessibility team by transforming your entire company into Accessibility Champions. Intuit shares road map, goals, techniques, lessons learned, and results.

Sagar Barbhaya

Sagar Barbhaya

Sagar Barbhaya is an Accessibility Engineering lead at Intuit.

His journey at Intuit started around 6 years ago as a Co-op/intern. The work, people and values at Intuit urged me to come back as a full-time employee.

He holds a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) certificate by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

His previous speaking engagements include CSUN, world’s largest international accessibility conference, various Bay Area Meetups.

Sagar holds a master’s degree in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology.