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Everything you need to know about web accessibility

Join us in San Diego!

What could be nicer than San Diego in February?  Great weather, world class web accessibility training and a 50% discount to the CSUN conference too!

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Register Now for Knowbility’s world-renowned AccessU program, offered in Feb 27th and 28th in collaboration with the 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference.   This unique conference-within-a-conference is designed to provide useful, practical training for skill levels from novice to expert. The lineup of experts is amazing and they will teach you all you need to know about web accessibility whether you are a designer, a programmer, a project manager or an administrator.

What to expect?

AccessU will run two concurrent tracks tailored for different registrants’ needs

Track #1 – Administrative

Focuses on the business side and geared towards procurement officers, project managers, HR professionals and more.

Track #2 – Technical

Dedicated to materials and topics for technical staff, designers, and developers.

More information

Expert hands-on instruction by Jennison Asuncion, Margy Bergel, Denis Boudreau, Ann Chadwick-Dias, Derek Featherstone, Lainey Feingold, Shawn Henry, Molly Holzschlag, Todd Kloots, Sharron Rush, Jim Thatcher.

Attendees may move freely between the tracks. Participants may register for the full two-day program at $595.00; one-day program at $425.00.  And registration for AccessU provides a 50% discount for the regular CSUN conference!

Or you may choose to register for AccessU only by choosing the Pre-Conference Only option when registering.

More on the CSUN website about AccessU details and Registration.  We hope to see you in San Diego in February.

Photo of instructors

Sharron Rush

Ann Chadwick Dias

Marguerite “Margy” Bergel

Shawn Henry

Denis Boudreau

Molly Holzschlag

Derek Featherstone

Jennison Asuncion

Todd Kloots

More reflections on SXSW and accessibility

There were more accessibility panels, and mentions of accessibility in other presentations than at any other time that I recall. Susan Gerhart is a software engineer who was at SXSW for the first time as a panelist. She has lost her sight to eye disease over the past several years and is living in a city, Prescott AZ, that is not rich in support as she adjusts to the new world she lives in. Blogging at As Your World Changes, her observations are astute.

Shawn Henry introduced accessibility basics in an engaging and thorough overview, although when she mentioned that John Slatin had been scheduled to present with her, many in the audience felt the pang of his absence due to his ongoing health issues.

Several folks told me that Becky Gibson’s accessible Dojo demonstration was the highlight of the panel presentations because of its strong, usable content. We have really turned a corner as we see accessibility increasingly folded into basic development technique, and the ARIA techniques and Dojo toolkit that Becky demonstrated are great support for that effort.

I missed a few of the other accessibility panels while preparing to welcome Marta del Rio and Javier Hernandez, representatives from the University of Monterrey and the government of Nuevo Leon. They had come to SXSW for the first time to talk about the creation of the Mexican Manifesto for Accessibility and Usability, scheduled for Tuesday – right up against the keynote. But there was a surprisingly large crowd of people interested in how the Mexican government was incorporating accessibility, usability and citizen language into communications between the people government agencies. Speaking in Spanish with real time translation, Marta and Javier spoke about the need for transparency and ease of navigation from one level of government to the next across a broad range of devices, bandwidth and literacy. Ending with a tequila toast for the success of the Manifesto, it was a fascinating presentation.