Come and enjoy an evening of lightning talks discussing the following accessibility topics:
Topic 1: Towards Possibility!
Living in a VUCA world where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are the norm, nothing has made this clearer to us than the dramatic impact of COVID 19. To create a truly accessible society for all we need a new way to think about the world, and that new frame is the Possibility world view!
Topic 2: Even Old Typists …
A professional communicator, speaker and former typist who resisted changing her inaccessible ways for many years until she found sound, logical reasons to do so. Now j keen to pass those reasons onto you.
Topic 3: Top 5 a11y mistakes I used to make
Common mistakes that many make when getting started in addressing accessibility within large teams and how to avoid them.
Topic 4: Why yes, I also need a screen reader
Lived experience of a sighted screen reader user and how he has used his condition to an advantage.
Topic 5: Finding the needle in the haystack: Helping web accessibility practitioners understand and deliver on accessibility
Guidelines for making websites accessible to people with diverse abilities have been published in New Zealand for nearly 20 years. For the last 17 years, it’s been mandatory for core NZ government organisations to meet requirements for accessibility. Despite this, and even though digital accessibility is crucial to the health, safety and human rights of disabled people, year after year public sector websites fail to meet the requirements, continuing to provide government information and services with basic and critical accessibility issues. Looking at this problem from the perspective of practitioners, 3 questions Tamsin’s team are seeking to answer will be discussed.
You should be present for the whole duration of this event.
Minnie and her team and board established Be. Accessible, a social change agency committed to the creation of a 100% accessible New Zealand which led to the transformation into the Be. Lab and established what was to become the Centre of Possibility @ AUT. Minnie has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, the Westpac Women of Influence Diversity award, the 2019 Zonta Centenary women’s award and was placed as a top 10 finalist for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.
Kylee is a keen and experienced Toastmaster, an international award-winning former broadcaster and access evangelist who also uses assistive technology.
Maz is passionate about the web and enjoys continuously learning about ways to create performant, accessible, enjoyable and usable solutions for the web. He is currently working on a large Angular project as part of a large team with Trade Me, including main site, the supporting design system & component library which has been built from the ground up over the past four+ years.
Carl is an experienced Coach, Scrum Master and Tester which includes working with Government based clients, banks, insurance companies and the construction industry. His approach is balanced with understanding the struggles that technical teams could face, while also still placing an emphasis on what works for them rather than applying a "one size fits all" approach.
Tamsin has over 10 years’ experience working on public sector websites. Her work is informed by principles in design thinking, design sprints, UX, inclusive design and service design. She’s currently a content designer and web accessibility advisor at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) in Wellington. This year, she’s leading an initiative to improve guidance on meeting the NZ Government Web Accessibility Standard so that digital information and services are accessible to all.