Web Accessibility at SXSW 2013

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Deque_AmazeAccessibility Related Sessions & Events at SXSW 2013

Deque is thrilled to be attending this year's SXSW festival. You can find us in the Knowbility booth where we will be doing a presentation of and demonstrating our newest product, Amaze.

Amaze is an accessibility overlay that allows an organization to make a website accessible twice as fast, less expensive, and more comprehensive than traditional approaches to digital accessibility. If you are a developer, you won't want to miss this exciting new tool!

In addition to visiting us in the Knowbility booth, you won't want to miss these other exciting accessibility related opportunities!

Meet Ups

Accessibility Meet Up

Saturday, March 9

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Driskill Hotel

Meet up and chat with technology enthusiasts and digital creatives (like me!)interested in universal access to technology for all people regardless of ability. Whether you work in the web or mobile field, government, or education come talk and learn about creating content accessible to people with disabilities. The accessibility meet up will be a great opportunity to network with like minded folks in the field. If you're new and curious about accessibility come learn why digital inclusion is a fun and exciting challenge that will broaden your audience and bring your products up to a higher level of usability while meeting government accessibility requirements.

Sessions

3D Printing for People with Disabilities

Sunday, March 10

12:30PM - 1:30PM

SxSW PaulSpecial Touch: Special Needs Apps Need You

Sunday, March 10

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Apps for Autism

Sunday, March 10

3:30PM - 4:30PM

Design for Aging, Your Future-Self

Monday, March 11

11:00AM -11:15AM

Interfaces, Accessibility & Superheroes

Tuesday, March 12

9:30AM - 1:30PM

Wanted: Mobile Dev with 40 Years Experience

Tuesday, March 12

11:00AM -12:00PM

Touch Me Now: Accessibility on Mobile Screens

Tuesday, March 12

3:30PM - 6:00PM

Making Accessible Transportation Modern & Cool

Tuesday, March 12

3:30PM - 4:30PM

Movies

Hawking

Monday, March 11

7:00PM - 8:26PM

Wednesday, March 13

7:00PM - 8:26PM

Friday, March 15

11:00AM -12:26PM

We hope you are able to attend some of these fun accessibility related activities!

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About 

Paul J. Adam is a former Accessibility Evangelist for Deque Systems. His focus is on Mobile Accessibility and Modern Web Accessibility, with expertise in Mobile Web, Native iOS & Android, Hybrid Apps, Responsive Web Design, HTML5, JavaScript, WAI-ARIA, WCAG 2.0, and Modern Web development techniques. Paul’s been a registered Apple Developer since 2011, and spends his free time creating iOS apps and learning modern JavaScript development.

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4 comments

  • Paul J. Adam Permalink

    Hi Sveta, thanks for the comment. You’re right there was no specific accessibility talks on deaf or hard of hearing issues. Adobe did present on captioning at last year’s SXSW.

    My accessibility talk was also declined without explanations, they don’t really tell you why it’s declined. My previous year’s talk was also declined. I plan to just keep trying every year until I finally get accepted :) It’s a very competitive process and if you don’t work for the big tech companies like IBM, Adobe, or Google it’s even harder to get accepted.

    The design for aging talk was very interesting, my favorite talk of this year. The presenter did mention a few things about hearing aids and was basically commenting on how assistive technology is not designed to look cool. It looks old and boring and that’s not how we want to look when we grow old. The talk’s premise was pretty much that we want to use modern, cool looking mainstream AT when we age, not the current crop of AT that looks pretty bland and would not likely be desired by people as they age.

  • Sveta Permalink

    What about accessibility for deaf people? I proposed my talk about captioning as universal access and for some reasons it was declined after the first round without any explanations. It’s a very important issue to be aware of.

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