Practical hands-on accessibility testing

Presented by Nicolas Steenhout
Wednesday 1:40 p.m.–3:20 p.m. in Large POD Room CB11.04.400
Target audience: Developer

Abstract

Testing for web accessibility can feel daunting when you aren't used to it. But with the growing requirements for sites to meet accessibility guidelines, it has become an unescapable part of a developer's life. Accessibility should be seen as a challenge, rather than a chore. This workshop will demonstrate an accessibility testing workflow that can be integrated in coding workflow, and will include a review of automated testing, and hands-on manual testing using a variety of tools, from using the keyboard to using a screen reader application. We will work on real life sites, as well as some code snippets. Participants will leave the workshop with a solid understanding of common accessibility barriers and methods to test for, and remediate, these barriers.

Presented by

Nicolas Steenhout

Nicolas Steenhout is a veteran of, and passionate advocate for, web accessibility. Nic had taken the lead in building several websites prior to taking up a federally-funded position in the disability sector in the US in 1996. An international speaker, trainer, and consultant, Nic works with government, corporations, and small teams in the areas of both web and physical accessibility. Working with and for thousands of people with disabilities in North America and Australasia, while working with web technologies and their impact, has given Nic a unique insight into the challenges, solutions, and nuts and bolts of web accessibility.