Join us at WordCamp!
I am delighted to have been asked to speak at this year’s Pittsburgh WordCamp. I’ll be giving the following presentation, which is a topic that is near and dear to my heart.
Designing for Accessibility and Illiteracy
According to the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy, 21 percent of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level. While we are making great strides towards a web that is accessible to everyone, this population still remains largely under-served. How can we modify our understanding of “digital a11y” to include users with literacy challenges? This session will begin with a broad discussion of accessibility, for those who may be new to the topic, and then move into what we can do to meet the needs of specific users, with a focus on those who can’t read, read poorly, or read English as a second language. Participants will engage in a series of exercises designed to illustrate the importance of website accessibility, build empathy and understanding for multiple user communities, and develop skills to make more useful websites.
Visit 2017.pittsburgh.wordcamp.org to learn more.