Are You Designing for ALL of Your Users?
An Event About Web Accessibility
We will also raffle off two free copies of accessibility books after the talk.
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6:30 – 7:00 - Networking + food/drinks: 1 drink ticket per person plus cash bar
7:00 – 7:45 - Jonathan Lazar
7:45 – 8:30 - Jimmy Chandler
8:30 – 9:30 - Additional Q&A, Mix and Mingle
Web Accessibility: Recent Research and Government Policy Activity
Design guidelines and tools exist for making web sites accessible for people with disabilities, but a majority of corporate and government web sites continue to be inaccessible. For the U.S. Federal government, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires that all web sites be accessible, however, a majority of Federal web sites are not in compliance, and site accessibility statements often provide little information.
This presentation will provide information on recent research and recent policy activity related to web accessibility. Some recent research findings include studies of human interaction proofs, link structures, and web-based e-mail applications for blind users, and web browsing for expert users with Down syndrome. Some recent policy activities include the July memo from the Office of Management and Budget on Section 508 enforcement, the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from the Justice Department on the accessibility of web information provided by entities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the administrative complaint filed against Penn State University due to inaccessible campus technology.
Accessibility is Not a Checklist
Too often, people approach accessibility only when required to, and simply by looking at a checklist. But accessibility is not a checklist; accessibility happens by considering it from the beginning, understanding industry best practices, and by taking a user-centered design approach. This means knowing how people with various disabilities will interact with products in ways that are successful.
What do user experience professionals need to know and do in order to improve the accessibility of the web and mobile applications that their teams design? What industry best practices and methodologies can we leverage to cost-effectively improve both accessibility for people with disabilities and the user experience for all our customers? How can we best integrate our accessibility efforts into the project life cycle?
Jimmy Chandler will demonstrate several concepts and methods to improve accessibility that all UX designers can use right away. He will also share results from research he conducted this year that provides stories from people with various disabilities, including how they benefit from accessible products and struggle with inaccessible ones. This session will include Q&A and take away materials.
About our Speakers
Dr. Jonathan Lazar is a Professor of Computer and Information Sciences at Towson University. He is the founder and director of the Universal Usability Laboratory at Towson University, and currently serves as director of the undergraduate program in Information Systems.
He is interested in research issues related to user-centered design processes, web usability, web accessibility for people with impairments, and public policy in HCI. Dr. Lazar is co-author of the book “Research Methods in Human-Computer Interaction” (Wiley, 2010), editor of the book “Universal Usability” (Wiley, 2007) and author of “Web Usability: A User-Centered Design Approach” (Addison-Wesley, 2006). Dr. Lazar is the ACM SIGCHI Chair of Public Policy, and he serves on the editorial boards of Universal Access in the Information Society, Interacting with Computers, and ACM Interactions Magazine. Dr. Lazar was named a winner of the 2010 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind, and was named the 2009 Outstanding Faculty Member in the College of Science and Mathematics at Towson University.
Jimmy Chandler, aka @uxprinciples, has been working with clients and colleagues to create web sites and applications with great user experiences since 1997. Active in the UX and accessibility communities, Jimmy is a frequent attendee, volunteer, organizer, and speaker for events in the DC area and nationwide.
Jimmy’s experience in accessibility dates to 2001, before the U.S. Section 508 regulations went into effect. This includes training project managers, designers, developers, and testers in accessibility, web design, and user experience methods, as well as conducting numerous accessibility assessments, removing barriers to accessibility, and conducting research with users of assistive technology as participants. Currently, he leads a 5-person UX team on a web application project for the Department of Health and Human Services as a consultant with Sapient Government Services.
Jimmy has a B.A. in Government from the College of William and Mary and currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife @coolacctngchick (aka Nicole).