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Accessibility is Not a Checklist

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February 12, 2011 10:00 AM

Boulder, CO

Boulder, CO

As more and more people live longer, the number of people with disabilities will continue to rise. The good news is that web applications can enhance the lives of people with disabilities. The bad news is that many applications are poorly designed for this increasingly significant audience. 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 your product in a way that is successful. Learn how to incorporate accessibility in a cost-effective manner into your projects. Jimmy Chandler will demonstrate 10 methods in 20 minutes for improved accessibility that all interaction designers can use right away. These tips will help you enhance the user experience for those without disabilities, including those using mobile devices. At the end of this session, you will understand how to include people with disabilities in usability studies, what the most important principles of accessibility are, how to look out for the biggest pitfalls, and where to go and what to do next.

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