HelloA11Y Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

HelloA11Y Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2021

Connecting people through accessibility

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Accepting submissions till 20 May 2021, 05:00 PM

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

  2. How to create accessible JavaScript widgets with basic HTML components
    Joshua Muheim

  3. Urban Accessibility Challenges for Persons with Disabilities
    Apoorv Kulkarni

  4. Accessible charts using music and haptics
    Sukriti Chadha and Yatin Kaushal

  5. Digital Accessibility - Building for Scale
    Shilpi Kapoor

  6. Start Your A11y Journey: How to Become an Accessibility Advocate
    Todd Libby

To know more about the topics and speakers, visit the submissions page.

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

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How to create accessible JavaScript widgets with basic HTML components

Submitted May 15, 2021

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.

About the Speaker
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


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