To kick off 2018, the Ann Arbor Web Accessibility group will host an event on January 29, 2018 with short talks by organizers Caitlin Geier and Chris DeMars.
In his Accessibility for Everyone presentation, DeMars will give an overview of web accessibility, explain how inaccessible content affects users, and share steps you can take to improve accessibility.
For her Using Personas to Include People with Disabilities presentation, Geier will discuss how personas that represent people with disabilities provide better understanding of how users interact with your website and web apps.
Who Should Attend
Their talks are geared toward everyone creating websites, web applications, and services, especially those new to web accessibility:
- Accessibility specialists
- User experience (UX) professionals
- Content strategists
- Digital strategists
The talks are also for project managers who want to ensure the projects they lead consider accessibility from the beginning.
What You’ll Learn
Attend this meetup and you’ll walk away:
- Thinking about all users, not only users with disabilities
- Understanding that blindness is not the only disability
- Knowing about different types of disabilities
- Understanding basics of personas
- Knowledge of how you can develop and design accessible experiences for everyone
About the Presenters
Chris DeMars is a user interface developer first, UX architect always, working out of Detroit, Michigan.
He’s an instructor, teacher assistant, and volunteer for the Ann Arbor and Detroit chapters of Girl Develop It.
Chris loves coming up with solutions for enterprise applications, which include modular CSS architectures, performance, and advocating for Web accessibility.
Outside of work, you can find him writing blog posts, watching horror movies, drinking the finest of beers, or in the woods of northern Michigan.
Caitlin Geier is a UX designer at Deque. As a UX designer, Caitlin’s work with accessible design flourished once she began working for Deque.
She is passionate about understanding the users she’s designing for, and she continually strives to incorporate accessibility elements into her work in order to ensure that all users can benefit from inclusive design.
Event Information and Registration
The event is free. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.
Parking is available in the lot next to the building or on the road between the office and the University of Michigan golf course.
Enter the building at the door with the “Deque Labs” sticker on it.
This is the first non-planning meeting for the Ann Arbor Web Accessibility group; I hope you consider attending.
If one of your goals for 2018 is to learn how to integrate accessibility into your work, this is the event you don’t want to miss!