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[On-Demand Talk] Accessibility is Not a Mystery

Laurel Younis on June 17, 2022

About this talk If you think lack of accessibility on websites doesn’t or won’t impact you, think again. The harsh reality is that every...
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Hi Laurel. Thank you for your talk! One area that seems to be missing in new tech is help for elderly with visual impairments that may have mobility problems or aren't very familiar with newer devices, but would otherwise be quick learners with adequate instructions. My 82 year old aunt lives a distance away, has macular degeneration but otherwise has a sharp mind. She's feeble, but can hear fine and give audible commands as well as use manual controls and feel haptic feedback. I'm just surprised there's no devices marketed for diminished sighted individuals. Thanks for the tip on the #a11y. I'll try that and see what I can find to help! I have several cousins in this same situation. <3

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Sea Dub

Thank you for the talk! I am especially curious about people with Autism interacting with technology. It makes me curious what devices or technologies are available to help communicate with the outside world and get their needs met.

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My nephew is also on the autism spectrum and l constantly think about his accessibility in technology since he loves to use it so much. This is a great conversation to be had to help us be inclusive technologists.

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Michael Tharrington

Really excellent talk, Laurel. πŸ™Œ

You mentioned at the beginning of your talk that you have a child on the autism spectrum and you mentioned the digital communication board that helped your family. Do you have any other suggestions for parents interested in maximizing the accessibility of technology for their children on the spectrum?

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Jolene Kearse

Can you recommend a screen reader we can use to check our sites? I try to follow guidelines for adding labels and aria-roles, but I'm still not always sure I've done a good enough job.

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You talked about the categorization of different types of disabilities including temporary and permanent and you mentioned a broken arm as as temporary disability. Is there anything software developers to do improve web accessibility for folks with broken arms or other temporary disabilities?

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brian bethencourt

What do you think can be done at an organizational-level to build accessibility empathy on software teams?

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Great Talk! I wish this was talked about more when I was in my coding Bootcamp.

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Thank you Laurel, great talk and I appreciate the linked resources. Like in Bethany's talk I like the aspect of empathy, it's so important.

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Lara Krefski

I have been trying to learn more about accessibility and trying to figure out what we can do for our company website to make it easier for users with disabilities. I am very interested in this talk.

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Michael Burkhardt

Nicely done bringing it home to everyone. Thank you.

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Ifo Ikede • Edited

hmm . .this talk on accessibility also reminds me of the 8-80 cities project to make cities more accessible . for people from age 8 till 80 ..
because if its accessible to an 8yr old ( including the parent with children in strollers) . and also accessible to an 80yr old. it will most likely be accessible to everyone else..
is there a similar initiative in tech?

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Aigars PluΔ£is • Edited

This talk connects with previous speaker so well, like those are complementing each other!

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TJ Phan

This is exactly what I needed and wanted to hear about.

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Pablo Hernandez

Hi Laurel, my daughter Lauren is all about inclusivity. She is just a wee 12 yr old however she had the inclusion bug in her since a child. She would pretend she was a health advocate and mimic the diabetes medication/monitoring commercials. She loves coding just like her Pops, so this arena is about giving back and I am all about giving to those in need of good health care and solutions.

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Mac Siri

Do you have any tips for making a11y-focused contributions? Or any specific a11y projects to check out on GitHub?

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Mark Halverstadt

Hi Laurel! Wonderful talk. Just wondering if you could talk about your journey into the tech industry. Were you aware of the accessibility tools and problems before you started developing, or was this something that you became aware of when you started coding?

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Nice overview about accessibility, great start for everyone who wants to dive deeper into the topic (which everyone should). Thanks for the great talk, Laurel!

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M.Fahad Imtiaz

Very beneficial talk