For those of you unaware, Refresh is a (spreading) global initiative to bring design and development individuals of like minds together to speak and share their collective knowledge. Dublin is no exception with Refreshing Cities Dublin taking place in the Science Gallery once a month.
As part of this initiative I have been invited to speak on the subject of Web Accessibility. I’ll be making this talk on April 27th, 2011. It’s a fantastic opportunity and I’d like to thank the people behind Refresh for giving me this chance.
The subject of Web Accessibility is massive and comprehensive, so I hope to be able to cover as much as I can in the hour I’d like to try to keep the talk down to (ideally 45 minutes, let’s see how it goes). I’m going to help people see that Web Accessibility is not just a task we should perform towards the end of a project, but should be something we consider at every step of the way through the design and development process of the website. I’m going to show people what it means to the various different types of people and their respective disabilities to interact with websites, and why these are important matters to consider. I’m also going to discuss the future of web technologies, specifically HTML5 and WAI-ARIA, and how they are going to continue to enhance and improve our development and our websites.
I’m really looking forward to giving this talk and really hope people in the industry can take something from it. If you’d like to come along, tickets are free, but you must book them from the Science Gallery website, which you can access here. I really hope you can all make it and look forward to seeing you there!!!