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Upcoming Accessibility Events

Some great accessibility events coming up!

Did I miss anything? Please add in comments.

Update Sep 24: added Ottawa and Chicago events

2014 Year in Review

2014 was surely a much busier year than expected. It started a bit slow, but sure got busy!

In the most recent blog post, the hot topic of Google’s new version of reCaptcha dubbed “No Captcha” was addressed. Although there are remaining challenges, Google’s No Captcha Shows Some Progress.

In a guest post by Jennison Asuncion, a new date for Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) was announced. It’s now the third Thursday of May.

In the post Floated Labels Still Suck, problems and fixes are discussed for the terrible design pattern of putting input labels inside input fields.

Great progress for accessibility continues in WordPress; a podcast with two WordPress contributors, Joe Dolson (@JoeDolson) and Joseph O’Connor (@accessibleJoe), was published in September.

Web Axe author Dennis Lembree read Steve Krug’s excellent book, “Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited” and Twittered a series of accessibility-related points. The series was published in the post Tweets quoting “Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited”.

In May, I announced that Easy Chirp now provides accessible images for Tweets. This feature is badly needed and isn’t available on any other Twitter app. Unfortunately, and surprisingly, the feature is grossly underused.

In March, we posted a summary of CSUN14, the 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference. It was another great event; thanks again to California State University, Northridge. (Look for Dennis at CSUN15!)

On a more personal note, Web Axe author Dennis Lembree released an open-source Accessible HTML5 Video Player in September via his day job at PayPal. He recently changed jobs and is now Product Manager, Accessibility at eBay.

More from 2014:

Announcing GAAD’s New Date for 2015 and Beyond

This is a guest post by Jennison Asuncion.

GAAD logo

When Joe Devon and I launched Global Accessibility Awareness Day in 2012, neither of us had any idea if it would take flight. It still honestly amazes us how much the mainstream tech and the digital accessibility communities, in addition to others who have an interest in raising awareness of digital accessibility and inclusion have run with the idea. As of 2014, in-person and virtual events, those targeted at the general public and internal audiences have been held on six continents and in multiple languages. We truly appreciate all the support and eagerly await what everyone has in store to celebrate GAAD in 2015 and beyond.

May 9 was the date that Joe and I randomly chose when we first launched GAAD, and we marked the event on that date in 2012 and 2013. When we were advised this date conflicted with some local holidays, this year, we moved it to May 15. After further discussion, and to try simplifying things, Joe and I have decided that rather than a specific date, starting in 2015, we invite you to join us in marking Global Accessibility Awareness Day on the third Thursday of May. This means that the next GAAD will fall on Thursday May 21, 2015.

“we invite you to join us in marking Global Accessibility Awareness Day on the third Thursday of May”

Thinking of marking GAAD? Take a look at some of the public events and other activities from the last three years. To stay up-to-date, Like GAAD on Facebook or follow GAAD on Twitter. e-Mail us with any questions at globala11yawarenessday at gmail dot com.

Podcast #99: Jennison Powers Up Silicon Valley

Dennis speaks with @Jennison Asuncion about his big move to Silicon Valley from Toronto, new Meetup groups and camps, CSUN14 and other fun things.

Download Web Axe Episode 99 (Jennison Powers Up Silicon Valley)

[transcript of podcast 99]

Event announcements:

More new groups:


Accessibility Summit Quick Review

The Accessibility Summit, an online conference on accessibility, took place earlier this week. The event is presented by the good folks at Environments for Humans (@e4h). The event was one day in the past few years but was extended to two days this year! If you attended or not, take a look at the great information in the Twitter stream using the hash tag #a11ySummit.

Web Axe author Dennis Lembree spoke on usability and accessibility CSS gotchas. He will give a similar talk this fall at Accessing Higher Ground and CSS Developer Conference.

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The sentence slide by Matt May.

Here are several great presentations which were given at the Accessibility Summit:

TalkBack & Magnification Accessibility in Android 4.3+ by Paul Adam (@PaulJAdam).

Keyboard and Interaction Accessibility Techniques (Slideshare) by Jared Smith (@jared_w_smith).

CHANGE is not a four-letter word (PDF) by Kimberly Blessing (@obiwanKimberly).