Accessibility event with Browsealoud

I’ve just got back into the office from an enjoyable morning seminar on web accessibility hosted by Browsealoud. A big thanks to the team there for organising a great event which finished with a splendid buffet lunch!

I kicked off the proceedings with a presentation providing an overview of accessibility. After a quick true & false game (in which 2 of the 50 audience members claimed they got all 7 answers correct) I went through the key accessibility requirements for various user groups, including blind, partially sighted, motor impaired and cognitive impaired user groups. I also touched on the benefits of accessibility, the law and how to integrate accessibility into the development process.

You can download the presentation from our Slideshare page. I don’t tend to put too much info on to my slides (nothing worse than death by PowerPoint!) so if you weren’t there the slides may not make too much sense out of context.

Dave Barrett from BT did a great presentation with his usual level of passion and enthusiasm. He spoke about what BT have done and continue to do to bring inclusivity into all of BT’s digital products, especially their websites. Particularly of interest is the strides they’re taking to bring sign language on to the BT website. I’ve also uploaded (with Dave’s permission) the BT presentation on to our slideshare page.

One of the most enjoyable parts of these events is the networking and meeting a variety of interesting people. I met a lady from Middlesex University which has recently launched a Digital Inclusion Masters course, which I think is a pretty interesting and exciting development within the accessibility space.

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