Who is this session for?
Developers, content creators, people interested in accessibility
Do you want to be an accessibility advocate on your campus? Want to learn how to test your institution's websites for accessibility so you can confirm you're complying with Section 508?
In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to test websites for accessibility problems using automated testing tools, keyboard testing, and screen readers so you can make your website better for people with disabilities. No dev skills are required! We’ll show ways that anyone can quickly find accessibility problems, many of which can be fixed directly in the content area.
This will be an interactive workshop. Please bring a computer and headphones so you can participate fully in the workshop. We recommend having Chrome or Firefox installed on your computer for testing. Windows users, please install the current version of the NVDA screen reader on your computer before attending so you can maximize your testing time during the workshop.
- Required standards for meeting Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 AA conformance.
- Recommended tools to use when performing accessibility audits, including WordPress plugins and browser extensions.
- How to keyboard test a website.
- How to test a website with a screen reader, including basic usage and common keyboard shortcuts for the screen reader relevant to your computer (VoiceOver on Mac or NVDA on Windows).
Amber Hinds is the CEO of Equalize Digital, Inc., a Certified B Corp specializing in WordPress accessibility, maker of the Accessibility Checker plugin, lead organizer of the WordPress Accessibility Meetup, and co-lead organizer of the WordPress Accessibility Day conference. Through her work at Equalize Digital, Amber is striving to create a world where all people have equal access to information and tools on the internet, regardless of ability. Since 2010, she has led teams building websites and web applications for nonprofits, K-12 and higher education institutions, government agencies, and businesses of all sizes, and has become a passionate accessibility advocate.
- Workshop: Accessibility Testing
- Panel Discussion: Accessibility tools in higher education
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