2020 Talks

This page has information on the 16 talks at this year's camp which will give you a feel of what to expect during the day. The schedule is now live.

Bridging the Gap Between PDF Usability and Technical Compliance


This talk will focus on the delicate balance between PDF/UA-1 compliance and usability. Usability testing and compliance must consider the variety of screen reader capabilities currently available. Join in the discussion on usability vs compliance and learn how and when to bridge the gap between PDF document usability and technical compliance.

Hosted by: Dax Castro

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Creating a Design Tool for Complex Color Contrast


Many color contrast tools can check text contrast against a solid background color, but how do you check color contrast on top of photographs or gradient backgrounds automatically? Learn how designers and engineers at Airbnb are solving this challenge by collaboratively building a powerful color contrast plugin directly in UX design software (like Figma and Sketch), making it faster for creatives to design inclusively.

Hosted by: Diane Ko and Michael Austin Sui

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Crowdsourcing Usability


If an accessibility barrier falls in the woods, does anyone perceive it? Maybe not. Consumers with disabilities don't always have the ability or desire to report bugs and give feedback. Come learn how Be My Eyes is working to close that gap, supporting blind users in daily life while giving companies a chance to see their products work (or fail) in the wild.

Hosted by: Will Butler

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Digital Inclusion in the Workplace, It's a Thing


What's PEAT? What will the next 30 years look like in regards to emerging workplace technologies and their accessibility? How can developers, designers, advocates, and industry leaders ensure inclusive products as future sectors evolve? Join this interactive discussion about a “playbook” for accessibility.

Hosted by: Josh Christianson

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Include and improve your products profile


This interactive conversation will talk about how adding people with disabilities can help your company produce the most accessible products. We will cover how adding people with disabilities through out your whole company will give you the resources to improve the accessibility of all your products. This talk will cover examples of what the benefits are of having people with disabilities on your team. We will also talk about how much more effective it is to request resources if real users with disabilities work ware leaders can see them

Hosted by: Lucy Greco

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Let's Talk W3C Accessibility Guidelines Next Major Version


After years of research and prototyping, the first draft of the next major version of W3C Accessibility Guidelines is ready for your feedback. This is a rough draft that shows sweeping structural changes. We want your input on how you see your accessibility practices changing in response to this new approach.

Hosted by: Jeanne Spellman

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LinkedIn's A11y Automated Testing for Web and Mobile Apps


We will share LinkedIn's accessibility web and native mobile test automation journey so far, as well as lessons learned

Hosted by: Renato Iwashima and Oliver Tse

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Put it on my TAB - Web Accessibility Testing and the Power of the TAB Key


This talk is on basic accessibility testing. I'll talk briefly about WCAG and the typical 50 success criteria that an "official" assessment/audit will check, but will boil that down to two checkpoints that anyone can test for and that provide a lot of accessibility functionality (2.1.1 keyboard and 4.1.2 name, role, value). We'll discuss how to test with a keyboard, a custom focus indicator, and a screen reader, typically all run at the same time.

Hosted by: Glen Walker

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Seven Principles of Universal Design


Come learn about how you can use Universal Design's 7 principles to incorporate accessibility earlier on in your process and benefit all of your customers, not just those with specific needs. I will discuss history of UD, how it’s already implemented in ways you haven’t noticed, why it’s important, and most importantly how you can go back to work and start implementing UD right away.

Hosted by: Kait Hines

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Shoe-string solutions for low budget accessibility programs


Are you an accessibility team of one? Running on a shoe-string budget? Want to break the isolation? Come discuss with us! This interactive, strategizing session is for folks in small non-profits, local government, higher education and tech start-ups to share strategies unique to those of us with limited resources.

Hosted by: Suzanne Levine and Jill Wolters

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WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.1 in Detail


Come learn about the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines V2.1. While these were released almost 2 years ago, many of the requirements still are not regularly implemented and understood. For those who are new to accessibility, this talk will also serve as an introduction to WCAG, and an attempt to demystify jargon.

Hosted by: Brian McNeilly

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Web Components and Accessibility


Web components are a new set of APIs built on web standards that are widely adopted by browsers. They allow developers to make flexible custom components–but with that flexibility comes responsibility. This talk will cover what web components are and the crucial accessibility considerations to keep in mind while making them.

Hosted by: Lee White

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Your Digital Inclusion Quick Start: Understanding ARIA, WCAG, HTML, and Other Scary Accessibility Acronyms


Web accessibility can be overwhelming and confusing. Guidelines and accessibility techniques can be difficult to understand and even more difficult to implement and test. This session will help you know where to start and what is most important in your accessibility efforts.

Hosted by: Jared Smith

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Using Machine Learning for PDF Accessibility


Often maligned as a format for accessibility, PDF is still relevant and important for content distribution. Traditional approaches to PDF accessibility is unsustainable when dealing with billions of pages. I'll share how our exploration of machine learning opened up a new approach to ensuring all document types can now be accessible.

Hosted by: Adam Spencer

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XR Access: Improving Accessibility for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality


The XR Access Community launched in July 2019 and has over 140 cross-sector participants committed to addressing the unique accessibility challenges posed by Extended Reality or “XR” (AR, VR and Mixed Reality). The Community is advancing a shared vision for the future where new XR technology is created accessible for people with disabilities. This talk by two XR Access working group leaders will provide an overview of XR, outline research on stakeholder/user needs, describe XR accessibility opportunity areas, and discuss ways you can become involved in this important effort.

Hosted by: Bill Curtis-Davidson and Dylan Fox

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You Are Never Done Making Your Design System Accessible


Hear how the Clarity Design Team began its accessibility journey and about the challenges we continue to tackle as we improve the accessibility of our components and teach our consumers how to build accessible web applications.

Hosted by: Chris Lane

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