Another CSUN conference has come and gone. This year was the 30th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (Twitter hash tag #CSUN15) held in downtown San Diego, California from March 2 to March 7, 2015 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Below is a podcast with three interviews; some resources on recommended sessions; info on fun special events and activities; two award events; a short Best Of list; about a conference theme; and next year’s dates plus links to conference tips.
I had the opportunity to speak to a few folks while attending; check it out!
- Sandy Plotin: Managing Director of the Center on Disabilities; California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
- David MacDonald (@DavidMacD) of CanAdapt Solutions
- Steve A Lee (@SteveALee) of Open Directive
- 7 Lessons from Developing an Accessible HTML5 Video Player by my author Dennis Lembree (@DennisL)
- Accessibility in the Web Project Life Cycle (PPT) by Denis Boudreau (@DBoudreau)
- 4 hot issues from 1999, still issues on 2015 by David MacDonald (@davidmacd)
- Desktop and Mobile Accessibility Testing with Jim Thatcher’s Favelets by @PaulJAdam
- Choosing an Accessible UI Framework by Gerard Cohen of Wells Fargo
- Gaining Support through Empathy & Awareness Exercises (Slideshare) by @PatrickDunphy
- Accessibility in an Agile World (PDF) by @jessehausler and @cordeliadillon of Salesforce
- Cognitive Accessibility 101 by Jamie and Lion at CSUN15, a review by my author @DennisL.
- Digital Accessibility Legal Update by @LFLegal
I want to give a shout-out to three Tweeps I’ve known online for a while now and finally met in-person: Mike Gifford (@mgifford), Adrian Roselli (@aardrian) and Jason Kiss (@jkiss).
The 30th Anniversary Party featured keynote speaker Mick Ebeling (@mickteg) of Not Impossible Now (@notImposs). It was very interesting and moving—a great keynote.
“Surround yourself with people who make you feel stupid.”
Once again, happy CSUN birthdays to @Jennison and @MarcySutton. The birthday celebrations sure brought a lot of income to The Cheesecake Factory across from the hotel!
There were a couple sky-diving outings planned and executed, wow!
There was a tandem bike event organized by @MarcySutton, @Nethermind and sponsored by @SimplyAccesses.
Highly successful Sign Language Karaoke event organized by Wendy Chisholm (@WendyABC) in conjunction with @DequeSystems. [Note that eBay and other folks donated to this event but don’t believe it wasn’t announced.]
CSUN15 Photo query on Twitter (no alt text of course, you need to use @EasyChirp for that!)
Added March 22: CSUN15 Flickr Album by @DennisL
Project Possibility (@ProjPossibility) held the SS12 Finals on Saturday morning. Congrats to the winner USC‘s “Stealth Fly” team who edged out CSU Northridge. The team presented a competitive vertical-scroller game to three judges.
- Most popular session: Jamie Knight (@JamieKnight) “Cognitive Accessibility 101”. So much in demand that it was actually repeated the next day!
- Best Dressed: Sam Ogami of HP. He is one nice, classy fellow!
- Best slide: Dude, where’s my ARIA?
- Best nearby restaurant: Puesto (wicked tacos and drinks)
A theme which became obvious throughout the conference is this: embed accessibility into the development process—everyone is responsible. This topic was mentioned in numerous sessions, and with good reason. Teams must work together; from execs to content owners, to designers, to developers, to quality engineers.
— Dennis Lembrée ⛄️ (@dennisl) March 5, 2015
The conference next year is planned for March 21-26 2016 (a bit later than usual). There will be a new exhibitor call for papers (in addition to science research and general session), and less paper/Braille programs (more digital). If you plan on attending, you’ll find some great advice in these two articles: