Applying Accessibility and Usability In Your Workplace

This unique, three-day, online event will include presentations on many aspects of accessibility and usability and how they fit into the bigger picture of Web and product development.

With the application of usability and accessibility skills, your products and services will show a commitment to understanding your customers and accommodating those who may have challenges. The virtual conference speakers will cover a wide but important variety of topics in a short and convenient time frame. If you have never seen usability testing conducted with the differently abled, you will have your opportunity. Concerned about 508? We'll provide you an update. From ethics to design, communication to gaming—this conference is for the novice through the experienced professional.

5 November

Introductions

Storytelling the Results of Heuristic Evaluation presented by Carol Barnum

Despite the popularity of low-cost usability testing methods, heuristic evaluation continues to be a popular UX research method. This session reviews the basics and sheds light on new approaches to conducting an expert review and reporting the results.

Changing the Way We Design Software presented by David Dick

The evolution in technology from cloud computing is changing the way we design software. It opens new opportunities to design and deliver services (Web services/applications) to consumers. The usability of Web applications will be the deciding factor of what's successful and what's not. Learn more about user-friendly Web applications in this session

The Ethics of Accessibility: It's a Matter of Fairness presented by Dan Voss

Join Dan in this enlightening talk about ethics. Those involved and knowledgeable about accessibility can contribute informed feedback to guide managers in providing resources for those with special needs as well as make them aware of legal and ethical principles. The point is to focus not on disabilities but on abilities.

Update on Section 508 and U.S. Government Accessibility presented by Katie Haritos-Shea

The refreshed Section 508 Standard (from the U.S. Access Board) will be final before you know it and Section 508 implementation will have a new look. Katie will provide an update of what's coming, what the Access Board is recommending, and how to meet the access needs of all your users right now.


6 November

Introductions

Integrating Accessibility into Large Organizations presented by Sharron Rush

Accessibility mandates are clear; now it's time to make a plan. Sharron will provide a practical, step-by-step process and free tools to help you integrate accessibility into larger business management processes, ensuring that accessibility efforts don't get lost in the procurement and development cycles.

Usability Testing to Evaluate Web and Mobile Content presented by Cory Lebson

How can you use usability testing to assure that your Web/mobile content is appropriate for your target audience? This session will outline the methods for conducting usability studies with a particular emphasis on assessing the appropriateness of content.

Effectively Communicating UI and Interaction Design presented by Karen Bachmann

Effective design documentation helps ensure the final UI matches the original user goals and informs required changes that are inevitable during a project. Learn what content to include in design documentation as well as different delivery approaches to help communicate effectively with the project teams.

7 November

Introductions

Writing for Everyone: SEO, ESL, Translation, and Accessibility presented by Char James-Tanny

"Keep your feet on the floor. Keep your hands on your lap. Keep your eyes on me." During this session, you will learn about the benefits of consistency, word selection, and careful sentence structure. While anaphora (a rhetorical device using repetition for emphasis) is a valid technique, it can lead to confusion. "Keep" does double duty, meaning "place" in the first two but "watch" in the third. The words we write are available to everyone (blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and more) so we no longer know our audience. Writing needs to be for everyone and easier for them to get the information they need, reduce confusion and translation costs, improve searches, and optimize content strategy.

Usability Testing with Users with Disabilities presented by Marguerite Bergel and AnnMarie Chadwick-Dias

This session aims to equip you with the knowledge to engage people with disabilities in your user research. See how users with disabilities access the Web and their mobile devices. Learn navigation strategies and how they vary within each population, as well as how these strategies often differ when moving from desktop to mobile. And finally, consider the challenges inherent in working with these populations and how to address them to ensure your sessions are a success.

Game On! Creating UX Gamified Products presented by Marta Rauch

Gamification is coming soon to a product near you. Are you prepared? In 2015, market research predicts that 70% of enterprises will have at least one gamified product. Understand gamification's impact on documentation, and gain strategies and best practices for creating gamified user experience.

Closing Comments and Open Forum

Organizers will provide closing comments, and then attendees are welcome to participate in an open forum discussion with each other. Ask questions, network, and interact with your fellow attendees!