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Hey everyone! We’re back again with another Global Accessibility Day Event (GAAD) event. As before, registrations are free, questions are invited and you are too!

Who are we?

Did you know the websites, products, and apps you use everyday cannot be accessed by everyone? Like physical spaces, the digital spaces also pose obstacles for those with disabilities. Yet there are a few simple measures that platforms can take to promote a culture of accessibility, and inclusivity for audiences with all kinds of disabilities: visual, hearing, motor, and cognitive. After all, isn’t technology supposed to change the world?

helloA11Y is a community that anchors discussions on accessibility and inclusivity across the digital sphere. We hope to continue these conversations, and work towards spreading awareness, sharing resources, and creating inclusive digital spaces to provide an equitable learning platform for all.

Our Topics

  1. How does the awareness of assistive technologies by professors impact students with disabilities’ success at the college level?
    Humberto Hernandez
    This research topic proposal was developed to investigate the impact of assistive technology in the students with disabilities’ success within the context of college academia. The principal argument of this writing suggests that the lack of awareness of assistive technology by professors creates barriers that violate the rights of the individual with a disability under U.S. law. Several theories were explored that were relevant to learning and human development.

  2. How to create accessible JavaScript widgets with basic HTML components
    Joshua Muheim
    The WAI-ARIA standard (https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/aria/) introduced concise requirements regarding accessible implementations of various interactive usage patterns. However, compatibility varies a lot between browsers and screen readers. As such, it’s still a pain to create accessible cross-browser/platform/device JavaScript widgets.

Instead of using WAI-ARIA, it’s possible to create most interactive usage patterns by dividing them into simple HTML form controls, connecting them with some JavaScript, styling them as wanted, and adding only a tiny bit of ARIA here and there for polishing. This results in widgets that rely on rock solid browser standard behaviour in most of their functionality. In my talk, I will show how to create sophisticated widgets (like autocompletes, tabs, date pickers, or accordions) using basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript: they are compatible with each and every browser and assistive device (ie. screen reader). As such, they truly work for everyone - and are extremely cheap in terms of performance and maintenance.

  1. Urban Accessibility Challenges for Persons with Disabilities
    Apoorv Kulkarni
    The Ola Mobility Institute (OMI) has partnered with nine pro-disability organizations to understand urban transport accessibility challenges. This study focuses on the experiences of Persons living with locomotor and visual disabilities along with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. The modes of transport covered include metro/local trains, buses, auto-rickshaws, taxis and auto-rickshaws & cabs attached with technology enabled platforms i.e. mobility aggregators. This upcoming report by OMI captures observations and insights on the travel experience of PWDs shared through semi-structured interviews with 20+ men and women living with a disability. These findings have been supplemented by Focus Group Discussions with 11 men and women with disabilities to capture the actual and/or anticipated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel experiences of PwDs across the various modes of transport.

  2. Accessible charts using music and haptics
    Sukriti Chadha and Yatin Kaushal
    Finance charts quickly render hundreds of data points making it seamless to analyze a stock’s performance. Charts are great for people who can see well. Those who are visually impaired often use screen readers. For them, the readers announce the data points in a table format. Beyond a few data points, it becomes difficult for users to create a mental image of the chart’s trend. The audio charts project started with the goal of making Yahoo Finance charts accessible to users with visual impairment. With audio charts, data points are converted to tones with haptic feedback and are easily available through mobile devices where users can switch between tones and spoken feedback.

  3. Digital Accessibility - Building for Scale
    Shilpi Kapoor
    The Why, How and What of building a large-scale digital accessibility team! Reflecting on the Accessibility eco-system and finding solutions to build for scale.

  4. Start Your A11y Journey: How to Become an Accessibility Advocate
    Todd Libby
    Tips and suggestions for people that are starting out in their accessibility journey or learning about accessibility and how to better advocate accessibility in the workplace, to stakeholders and managers, and ways to bring accessibility to your workflow.

Our speakers

  1. Humberto Hernandez
    Humberto Hernandez is a Colombo-American accessibility activist and Assistive Technology (AT) instructor who has worked for organizations in the private and public sector to break down barriers for individuals with all type of abilities. Humberto is a certified front-end web developer and a future Master in Leadership and Innovation. Humberto has dedicated a significant part of his professional life testing, assessing, and remediating websites- and other authorizing tools to make them accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/humbertohernandez7/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumbertoEduca and https://twitter.com/HumbertoBizNews

  1. Joshua Muheim
    I’m a senior full stack web developer. Since 2014, I worked for «Access for all» (http://access-for-all.ch/), Swiss Foundation for the use of technology for the disabled, where I was part of an inclusive team. I had the opportunity to hands-on learn everything related to accessibility, while we helped to audit and optimise hundreds of websites and mobile apps. I was initiator of and main contributor to the «Accessibility Developer Guide» (https://www.accessibility-developer-guide.com/), a comprehensive introduction to accessibility, aimed at developers. I just started working for Nothing AG (http://nothing.ch/), a lively UX focused product design agency located in Berne, Switzerland. Aligned with Nothing’s company ethos, which is creating products that truly serve humanity, we want to push accessibility both within our organisation as well as inside the UX, design and development communities.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-muheim-41939494/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NothingAgency

  1. Apoorv Kulkarni
    Apoorv has established and drives the Accessibility & Inclusion track at The Ola Mobility Institute (OMI). OMI is a policy research think tank operating at the intersection of mobility, innovation and public good. He champions the rights of Persons with Disability and is working towards making the urban mobility ecosystem Universally Accessible. Before OMI, he was a part of Ola’s Product team and strove to make Ola’s customer app accessible. He also mentored the tech & design teams to improve the experience of the Driver Partners on the platform. In addition, he collaborated with the Human Resource teams that pioneered inclusive hiring in Ola and its group companies.
    He is also a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, working to make corporate India more aware, sensitive and committed towards inclusive business practices. He is also on the Advisory Board of National Institute of Urban Affairs and supports their efforts to make urban environments accessible for the PwD. He routinely writes for the Financial Express, Business World, the Daily Guardian and other news publications to raise awareness around opportunities to improve urban transport accessibility.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/apoorv-kulkarni-a1499854/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/apoorvkulkarni

  1. Sukriti Chadha
    Sukriti is a engineer turned product manager who focuses on accessibility and building great mobile experiences at Yahoo Finance. She believes that talent is universal, but access to opportunity is not, which is why she works on driving diversity at and outside work. Other interests include recreational aviation, yoga and mentoring women in tech. Sukriti studied Electrical Engineering and Finance at Princeton University.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sukriti-chadha/

  1. Yatin Kaushal
    Yatin is a New York based Android developer focused on providing the best user experience at Yahoo Finance. He works with Verizon Media’s Accessibility team to collect feedback and aid them in guiding apps to become more accessible. A notable accomplishment was his work on the Songbird Audio charts, adding the ability to scrub the chart and hear tones mapped to the trend of the graph. His other interests include videography and visual effects. Yatin studied Computer Science at New York University.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yatinkaushal/

  1. Shilpi Kapoor
    A serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology and disability, Shilpi Kapoor is the founder of BarrierBreak & 247 Accessible Documents that focus on digital accessibility. With a team of 200+ accessibility experts and approx. 65% of them having a disability, she has grown this to scale. As an accessibility evangelist, Shilpi is looking ways to make digital accessibility a priority. She has been recognized as one of the Top 15 Women Transforming India by Niti Aayog 2019 and as one of the Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Business in India for the year 2017 by Business Today magazine.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shilpi-kapoor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shilpi_Kapoor

  1. Todd Libby
    Todd Libby, lives in South Portland, Maine, United States and is a 22 year veteran of web design and development as well as accessibility advocating. For 41 years, Todd has been programming since learning BASIC and Scheme at age 9. Todd loves the ocean, the mountains, and the outdoors, as well as food and his fondness for lobster.

Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/in/todd-libby
Twitter: https://twitter.com/toddlibby

To know more about us, visit https://www.helloa11y.com/

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Hey everyone! We’re back again with another Global Accessibility Day Event (GAAD) event. As before, registrations are free, questions are invited and you are too!

Who are we?

Did you know the websites, products, and apps you use everyday cannot be accessed by everyone? Like physical spaces, the digital spaces also pose obstacles for those with disabilities. Yet there are a few simple measures that platforms can take to promote a culture of accessibility, and inclusivity for audiences with all kinds of disabilities: visual, hearing, motor, and cognitive. After all, isn’t technology supposed to change the world?

helloA11Y is a community that anchors discussions on accessibility and inclusivity across the digital sphere. We hope to continue these conversations, and work towards spreading awareness, sharing resources, and creating inclusive digital spaces to provide an equitable learning platform for all.

Our Topics

  1. How does the awareness of assistive technologies by professors impact students with disabilities’ success at the college level?
    Humberto Hernandez
    This research topic proposal was developed to investigate the impact of assistive technology in the students with disabilities’ success within the context of college academia. The principal argument of this writing suggests that the lack of awareness of assistive technology by professors creates barriers that violate the rights of the individual with a disability under U.S. law. Several theories were explored that were relevant to learning and human development.

  2. How to create accessible JavaScript widgets with basic HTML components
    Joshua Muheim
    The WAI-ARIA standard (https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/aria/) introduced concise requirements regarding accessible implementations of various interactive usage patterns. However, compatibility varies a lot between browsers and screen readers. As such, it’s still a pain to create accessible cross-browser/platform/device JavaScript widgets.

Instead of using WAI-ARIA, it’s possible to create most interactive usage patterns by dividing them into simple HTML form controls, connecting them with some JavaScript, styling them as wanted, and adding only a tiny bit of ARIA here and there for polishing. This results in widgets that rely on rock solid browser standard behaviour in most of their functionality. In my talk, I will show how to create sophisticated widgets (like autocompletes, tabs, date pickers, or accordions) using basic HTML, CSS, and JavaScript: they are compatible with each and every browser and assistive device (ie. screen reader). As such, they truly work for everyone - and are extremely cheap in terms of performance and maintenance.

  1. Urban Accessibility Challenges for Persons with Disabilities
    Apoorv Kulkarni
    The Ola Mobility Institute (OMI) has partnered with nine pro-disability organizations to understand urban transport accessibility challenges. This study focuses on the experiences of Persons living with locomotor and visual disabilities along with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. The modes of transport covered include metro/local trains, buses, auto-rickshaws, taxis and auto-rickshaws & cabs attached with technology enabled platforms i.e. mobility aggregators. This upcoming report by OMI captures observations and insights on the travel experience of PWDs shared through semi-structured interviews with 20+ men and women living with a disability. These findings have been supplemented by Focus Group Discussions with 11 men and women with disabilities to capture the actual and/or anticipated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the travel experiences of PwDs across the various modes of transport.

  2. Accessible charts using music and haptics
    Sukriti Chadha and Yatin Kaushal
    Finance charts quickly render hundreds of data points making it seamless to analyze a stock’s performance. Charts are great for people who can see well. Those who are visually impaired often use screen readers. For them, the readers announce the data points in a table format. Beyond a few data points, it becomes difficult for users to create a mental image of the chart’s trend. The audio charts project started with the goal of making Yahoo Finance charts accessible to users with visual impairment. With audio charts, data points are converted to tones with haptic feedback and are easily available through mobile devices where users can switch between tones and spoken feedback.

  3. Digital Accessibility - Building for Scale
    Shilpi Kapoor
    The Why, How and What of building a large-scale digital accessibility team! Reflecting on the Accessibility eco-system and finding solutions to build for scale.

  4. Start Your A11y Journey: How to Become an Accessibility Advocate
    Todd Libby
    Tips and suggestions for people that are starting out in their accessibility journey or learning about accessibility and how to better advocate accessibility in the workplace, to stakeholders and managers, and ways to bring accessibility to your workflow.

Our speakers

  1. Humberto Hernandez
    Humberto Hernandez is a Colombo-American accessibility activist and Assistive Technology (AT) instructor who has worked for organizations in the private and public sector to break down barriers for individuals with all type of abilities. Humberto is a certified front-end web developer and a future Master in Leadership and Innovation. Humberto has dedicated a significant part of his professional life testing, assessing, and remediating websites- and other authorizing tools to make them accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/humbertohernandez7/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HumbertoEduca and https://twitter.com/HumbertoBizNews

  1. Joshua Muheim
    I’m a senior full stack web developer. Since 2014, I worked for «Access for all» (http://access-for-all.ch/), Swiss Foundation for the use of technology for the disabled, where I was part of an inclusive team. I had the opportunity to hands-on learn everything related to accessibility, while we helped to audit and optimise hundreds of websites and mobile apps. I was initiator of and main contributor to the «Accessibility Developer Guide» (https://www.accessibility-developer-guide.com/), a comprehensive introduction to accessibility, aimed at developers. I just started working for Nothing AG (http://nothing.ch/), a lively UX focused product design agency located in Berne, Switzerland. Aligned with Nothing’s company ethos, which is creating products that truly serve humanity, we want to push accessibility both within our organisation as well as inside the UX, design and development communities.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshua-muheim-41939494/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/NothingAgency

  1. Apoorv Kulkarni
    Apoorv has established and drives the Accessibility & Inclusion track at The Ola Mobility Institute (OMI). OMI is a policy research think tank operating at the intersection of mobility, innovation and public good. He champions the rights of Persons with Disability and is working towards making the urban mobility ecosystem Universally Accessible. Before OMI, he was a part of Ola’s Product team and strove to make Ola’s customer app accessible. He also mentored the tech & design teams to improve the experience of the Driver Partners on the platform. In addition, he collaborated with the Human Resource teams that pioneered inclusive hiring in Ola and its group companies.
    He is also a member of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion, working to make corporate India more aware, sensitive and committed towards inclusive business practices. He is also on the Advisory Board of National Institute of Urban Affairs and supports their efforts to make urban environments accessible for the PwD. He routinely writes for the Financial Express, Business World, the Daily Guardian and other news publications to raise awareness around opportunities to improve urban transport accessibility.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/apoorv-kulkarni-a1499854/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/apoorvkulkarni

  1. Sukriti Chadha
    Sukriti is a engineer turned product manager who focuses on accessibility and building great mobile experiences at Yahoo Finance. She believes that talent is universal, but access to opportunity is not, which is why she works on driving diversity at and outside work. Other interests include recreational aviation, yoga and mentoring women in tech. Sukriti studied Electrical Engineering and Finance at Princeton University.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sukriti-chadha/

  1. Yatin Kaushal
    Yatin is a New York based Android developer focused on providing the best user experience at Yahoo Finance. He works with Verizon Media’s Accessibility team to collect feedback and aid them in guiding apps to become more accessible. A notable accomplishment was his work on the Songbird Audio charts, adding the ability to scrub the chart and hear tones mapped to the trend of the graph. His other interests include videography and visual effects. Yatin studied Computer Science at New York University.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yatinkaushal/

  1. Shilpi Kapoor
    A serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology and disability, Shilpi Kapoor is the founder of BarrierBreak & 247 Accessible Documents that focus on digital accessibility. With a team of 200+ accessibility experts and approx. 65% of them having a disability, she has grown this to scale. As an accessibility evangelist, Shilpi is looking ways to make digital accessibility a priority. She has been recognized as one of the Top 15 Women Transforming India by Niti Aayog 2019 and as one of the Top 20 Most Powerful Women in Business in India for the year 2017 by Business Today magazine.

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shilpi-kapoor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Shilpi_Kapoor

  1. Todd Libby
    Todd Libby, lives in South Portland, Maine, United States and is a 22 year veteran of web design and development as well as accessibility advocating. For 41 years, Todd has been programming since learning BASIC and Scheme at age 9. Todd loves the ocean, the mountains, and the outdoors, as well as food and his fondness for lobster.

Linkedin: https://linkedin.com/in/todd-libby
Twitter: https://twitter.com/toddlibby

To know more about us, visit https://www.helloa11y.com/

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