Usability Testing and Research with People with Disability

Sarah Pulis & Andrew Arch

9am-5pm, Tue 12 November 2019

Usability testing is the key to understanding the true experience for people with disability. The best experience for any user to successfully use your product needs to be effective, efficient and satisfying, not just technically conformant with WCAG.

This full-day workshop will give you the confidence to do user research and usability testing with people with disability. It is for people with experience in user research and usability testing and will help you include a wider range of participants in your work. It concentrates on the digital world but the principles could be applied to other scenarios.

You will learn about:

  • diverse types of abilities, access needs and technology use
  • who to include in your research and how to recruit the participants
  • the skills and knowledge the researcher needs to conduct a successful session
  • planning and running a usability session for participants with disability
  • reporting on the session outcomes, differentiating between accessibility and general usability

This workshop will be interactive and includes people with disability who will share their experiences.

Cost: $550

Sarah Pulis + Andrew Arch

Andrew is a Principal Consultant with Intopia and has been working in the field of digital accessibility for over 20 years. During this time, he established the digital access team at Vision Australia, worked on ageing and disability at the W3C in Europe and as the senior accessibility and inclusion expert in the Australian Government, including at the Digital Transformation Agency.

Sarah is Director and co-Founder of Intopia and can’t compete with Andrew’s years of experience (9 years isn’t bad though, right?). Sarah founded Intopia 3.5 years ago after working with PwC Australia and Media Access Australia. She is also founder of A11y Bytes and A11Y Camp, which have grown to be Australia’s largest events on digital accessibility and inclusion.

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Introduction to ARIA for Developers

Russ Weakley

9am-5pm, Tue 12 November 2019

This full-day workshop takes a detailed look at WAI ARIA, a way to make web content and web applications more accessible to people with disabilities. This workshop is for anyone who builds or tests complex web applications and includes a wide range of hands-on exercises, so bringing a laptop is important.

The workshop covers:

  • What is WAI ARIA?
  • Why is ARIA needed?
  • How to use ARIA
  • ARIA roles including application, presentation, and all landmark roles
  • ARIA states and properties including aria-describedby, aria-labelledby, aria-label, aria-errormessage, aria-disabled, aria-invalid, aria-hidden, aria-live

… and much more.

Requirements: Laptop with modern browser and some sort of text editor.

Cost: $550

Russ Weakley giving a presentation

Russ Weakley has worked in the design field for over 20 years as a Design System Architect, User Experience professional, Front-end Developer and trainer. He is the producer and presenter of 12 video courses on CSS and Responsive Web Design, and the author of Sams Teach Yourself CSS in 10 Minutes (2005) – and its sequel. His commitment to accessibility is a natural outcome of his adherence to web standards and best practice. You can follow Russ on Twitter: @russmaxdesign.

Thanks for the use of the photo to Web Directions.

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Designing and creating accessible content

Sarah Richards

9am-5pm, Wed 13 November 2019

In this full-day workshop, Sarah will take you through the basic elements of accessible content.

In some organisations, accessibility is seen as a tech problem. Sarah will show you how no amount of tech will save bad content.

You’ll learn how:

  • journey mapping (knowing the steps your audience go through) can help you get the right information at the right time
  • structuring a page for multiple access needs
  • one word can make or break your service

You will leave with a researched, accessible sketch of content that you can use.

You’ll be working on your own content so you will need to come with an idea of what you want to work on. Make it a task like: I want to buy…. I want to apply for… I want to learn about….

You’ll also need to bring:

  • a wifi-enabled laptop
  • paper
  • pen
  • Post-it notes (one pad, preferably 3 colours but not essential)

Cost: $550

Sarah Richards

Founder of the content design movement, Sarah pioneered the standards during her 10-year career with the UK government.

As head of content design for the Government Digital Service (GDS), Sarah created and implemented the content strategy for the GOV.UK website.

After leaving GDS, Sarah took her knowledge and wrote the respected and highly popular Content Design – a book for anyone creating user-centred content.

She also launched Content Design London to provide training and consultation in content strategy and content design for governments, charities and organisations in the UK and worldwide.

Sarah is also a respected and in-demand speaker and shares her expertise to audiences at conferences, meet-ups and events globally.

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Accessibility in Single Page Applications

Rick Giner

9am-5pm, Wed 13 November 2019

Single Page Applications (SPAs) – often built on popular frameworks like React, Angular and Vue – allow developers to quickly build products for web and mobile. Our screens are dynamically updated from the server, we have rich interactive user experiences, and our content constantly reacts to our needs. Then when we try to use our application with a screen-reader, a keyboard, or even look at the interface in direct sunlight – and we realise we’ve created a completely unusable product!

Research shows that by designing and building products Inclusively, we can increase our market reach by a factor of four, and give all our customers a better experience. But our use of frameworks, libraries and styleguides means we’re increasingly reliant on those components already being accessible. And unfortunately, they are often not.

Join this workshop and you will learn how to better understand the problems some ‘edge’ users might face when trying to use the Modern Web. We will learn to identify common pitfalls with automated testing and find solutions to problematic scenarios like asynchronous page updates, navigation and focus management, modals and forms.

Attendees need to have a moderate proficiency in developing on any SPA framework (React, AngularJS, Angular, or Vue), will need to bring headphones as well as their own laptops with Node, and npm or yarn installed, as well as the Chrome browser and a screen-reader such as VoiceOver for Mac or NVDA Screen Reader.

Cost: $550

Rick Giner

Rick is an engineer and product delivery specialist with nearly twenty years experience working as a consultant across agency, enterprise, startups, and public sector. He has a passion for good design and UX – including aspects of performance, usability and accessibility – and loves helping organisations understand the compelling business case for inclusion and diversity.

He’s a huge fan of the Australian tech community – so you’ll often find him at meetups and conferences, including his own Melbourne Web Meetup or BuzzConf Technology Festival. Or in the pub.

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Using NVDA Screen Reader

NV Access

1.30pm-5pm, Wed 13 November 2019

If you’ve heard anything about accessibility, chances are you’ve heard about screen readers. NVDA is the world-renowned, free screen reader, developed right here in Australia.
This half-day workshop will give you the confidence to do use NVDA screen reader for accessibility testing. It is for people of all levels of experience, beginner to expert, we’re sure you’ll learn something.

What you’ll be learning:

  • Getting Started Using NVDA
  • Navigating the Web with NVDA
    • Links, Buttons and Menus
    • Headings
    • Regions
  • Browsing the Web with NVDA
    • Shortcut Keys
    • Focus mode vs browse mode
    • Elements list
    • Speech view
    • Images
    • Lists
    • Data Tables
    • Forms
  • Hands-on Practice

Requirements: This workshop will be interactive, so you’ll need a windows laptop with the NVDA Screen Reader installed.

Cost: $250

NV Access

NV Access is an Australian non-profit charity. Their main product, NVDA, is the world-renowned free screenreader, popular with both end-users and a11y testers. This interactive, hands-on session will show you how to efficiently use NVDA in your organisation, and assist you to achieve your accessibility outcomes.Experts from NV Access will be on-hand to answer questions, provide advice and demonstrate practical tips you can use.

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