#a11yTO 2016 Schedule
Please note: Schedule is subject to change without notice.
Registration (Auditorium) 9 - 9:30
Welcome (Auditorium) 9:30 - 10:30
Session #1: 10:45 - 11:30
Auditorium - Track A: Quick tips to get started with web accessibility
This session provides an overview of some quick tips for designers, content creators and developers to help them get started with web accessibility.
Room 642 - Track B: Getting to a Definition of Ready
We all want our projects to be accessible, but successful projects sometimes have to balance this need against performance, security and other outside influences. We'll examine some of the trade offs and how to pragmatically approach accessibility throughout the software architecture process.
Room 650 - Track C: Mobilizing Web Accessibility
In an era of phones and tablets, how do we make sure websites are friendly and useful? Are we keeping up with our users and being inclusive? We will explore the design and technology of today and tomorrow. We will also share data on the challenges that users face using mobile websites, and the types of accommodations they want.
Room 652 - Track D: Targeting new markets – Designing websites for an accessible world
Improving Web accessibility helps Canadian businesses attract people with disabilities as customers and talent.
Room 654 - Track E: Getting to know Drupal 8 Accessibility Tools & Techniques
Thanks to a tremendous amount of work to improve Core's accessibility throughout the Drupal 7 and Drupal 8 development life cycles, addressing accessibility issues is easier and more manageable than ever before. With a careful and considered application of some of Drupal 8’s key accessibility upgrades, some of the major gaps in accessible web experiences can be closed. And as the creators of those experiences, the onus is on us to equip ourselves with the skills and know-how to ensure we get there.
Led by Erin Marchak, Myplanet's Acquia Certified Grand Master and accessibility specialist, this session will demonstrate how to optimize Drupal 8 tools to easily build accessible websites.
Session #2: 11:45 - 12:30
Auditorium - Track A: You Can’t Start a Fire Without a Spark!
The 2-word phrase, “Sue Everyone!” is practically a motto in the USA. Last year hundreds of US businesses experienced the reality of that wake-up call when, in fact, they were sued because their web properties were found to be inaccessible and unusable by people with disabilities. Now we have a catalyst, right? Or do we…
Room 642 - Track B: Invisible but not Irrelevant
Discussing invisible disabilities and the similarities and differences between different types
Room 650 - Track C: Introduction to screen reading
Hands on introduction to using a screen reader featuring Jaws for windows
Room 652 - Track B: Best practices and work arounds in mobile hybrid applications
"Technical discussion on the best practices and pitfalls of making your mobile hybrid application accessible on IOS and Android devices. How to get around on stubborn custom controls, and html codes you didn't write. Overview of accessibility in native IOS."
Room 654 - Track E: Planned federal accessibility legislation – opportunities to advance accessible IT
The Government of Canada is consulting on planned federal accessibility legislation – including the potential for new standards or requirements to ensure accessible IT. Have your say on the current gaps and best practices, whether existing standards should be applied or new ones developed, and how the law should be applied and enforced.
Lunch break: 12:30 - 1:45
Auditorium - 12:45 pm: What's New on the Front Lines of the Campaign for Accessibility Laws at the National and Provincial Levels in Canada, and What Does It Mean for IT Accessibility?
David Lepofsky, a visiting professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School, leads the AODA Alliance and is on the Steering Committee for Barrier-Free Canada, so he lives on the front lines of the campaign for accessibility for people with disabilities in Ontario and in Canada. He will let you know what is happening to ramp up the requirements for organizations to ensure that they provide accessible services and accessible workplaces.
Session #3: 1:45 - 2:30
Auditorium - Track A: Technical Accessibility
Room 642 - Track B: The Future of #a11yTO
Billy Gregory, Oskar Westin, Johnny Taylor
Join members of the #a11yTO leadership as they discuss their 2017 plans for the meetups, camp, and conference in a moderated conversation. We want your feedback on how we can improve #a11yTO and what you think of some big changes we have in store for next year.
Room 650 - Track C: Universal web design
How can we make the web better for everyone? The principles and guidelines developed in the ’60s and ’70s as part of the Universal Design movement give us a starting point for how to think about modern web challenges, including performance, accessibility, progressive enhancement, responsive web design, and inclusive content.
Room 652 - Track D: A Bright Future for Web Accessibility
An optimistic and enthusiastic discussion around where we are today with web accessibility, and what it might look like in the future.
Room 654 - Track E: The Role of Accessible and Inclusive Design in the City
The motto of the City of Toronto is Diversity Our Strength. Yet, implementing accessible and inclusive practices into graphic design work at a large public sector organization like the City of Toronto can be a challenge. Design Services at the City Clerks Office will share observations, challenges, and innovative approaches to implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and inclusive design to better reflect the diverse communities we serve.
Session #4: 2:45 - 3:30
Auditorium - Track A: I Never Knew a Website Could Hurt Somebody
Accessibility: When you're new to it, it is easy to think it is only about blind people who use screen readers. After all, blind people have a really hard time on the web. They can't see the screen. They can't see the mouse pointer, so they can't use a mouse. They rely on screen readers for access. But can a website cause a user pain? Yes.
During this talk, Karl Groves will talk about users who are rarely considerd and how designers and developers can help each of them through understanding the Web itself."
Room 652 - Track D: Mind Your Lang
A probably-not-too-boring look at the lang attribute and how it helps accessibility, internationalization, and styling.
Room 650 - Track C: Positive images of disabilities in comic books and other related mediums
This presentation consists of a number of profiles of characters in comic books and related media. The profiles will be used to demonstrate to individuals, primarily students, with disabilities that they have a place in all aspects of the society that they live in. An individual truly is able to access all that is available to them in their environment when they see themselves reflected in as many aspects of the environment that they live in as possible. Like many other marginalised groups people with disabilities often struggle to feel like they belong and are accepted. The presentation that I am proposing will illustrate that not only do people with disabilities exist in comic books and other related media forms but they occupy places of prominence.
Room 652 - Track D: Practical tools for Web content accessibility testing
Room 654 - Track E: Depictions of Inclusion: Logos, Badges, Certifications and Smilin’ Harvey Balls
This presentation explores various facets and attempts at creating ‘buy-in’ for a shared vision of accessibility.
Session #5: 3:45 - 4:30
Auditorium - Track A: Update on WCAG.Next
The WCAG working group has 3 Task Forces working on requirements for WCAG.NEXT. (1) Mobile, (2) Low Vision and (3) Cognitive. Each of these TFs have created a gap analysis and is in the process of creating draft Success Criteria WCAG.NEXT. A First Public Working Draft of this work has been proposed by the group for February 2017, a short time away. Let's look at the types of things we might see in the next version of WCAG.
Room 642 - Track B: Agile Accessibility from a tester's perspective
Alicia will share her insights on how to incorporate accessibility within an agile framework. She will discuss automation challenges and success, triaging accessibility defects and the potential of using mind maps.
Room 650 - Track C: Designing for CELA, Canada's national online digital library for print disabled users
An overview of the web technology and design processes behind CELA, Canada's national online digital library for print disabled users. How visual, physical, and learning disabled patrons interact with web technology in order to read books, magazines, and watch video.
Room 652 - Track D: One Click Accessibility for Google Docs
Grackle Docs is the only Accessibility Checker for Google Docs. The Add-On for Google Docs helps users quickly and easily check and correct accessibility issues in their documents and then create fully tagged PDF/UA output.
Room 654 - Track E: Accessible & Usable Web Forms. Your How To Guide!
Web forms can present obstacles to users when they have not been developed to be accessible and usable. These obstacles can be torn down by following techniques for labeling form controls, validating user input, handling multi page forms and WAI-ARIA. Screen reader demonstrations will be used to highlight these features. The session will allow you to improve the design and development of your web forms.
Closing Remarks 4:45
Our after-party plans will be revealed!