The third annual Accessibility Toronto Conference was held recently at TELUS in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. On Twitter, the hash tag is #a11yTO and the account is @a11yTO.
And for the first time, both an Accessibility In Real Life conference (#a11yIRL) and a conference dedicated to accessible gaming (#a11yTOGaming). They were run the day before and after the main conference. All events were a big success!
The week even included a few social events in the evening including an entertaining karaoke party hosted by Shopify and a Tweetup hosted by Slack.
A theme which seemed to emerge from the conferences collectively was: Design *with* people with disabilities, not *for* people with disabilities.
Other notables from the conference were the adjustable desk on stage and a video puppet which reminded attendees when the sessions are about to start!
See below for a list of available presentation resources (from the a11yTO conference), selected tweets, and a few excellent conference reviews. See you there next year?
My “Can’t let it go” for this week, an example in @ShellELittle’s #a11yTOConf talk on dark patterns: some companies literally photoshop a hair onto images to get users to swipe thru carousels (by trying to swipe the hair off the screen). That level of manipulation is astounding.
@NeilMilliken presents an effective connection between sustainability and accessibility: Poor accessibility is a kind of pollution. And, sadly, society is paying the price, not the companies who are creating the "pollution". #a11yTOConf
The U.S. Supreme Court denied to hear Domino’s Pizza appeal of the Ninth Circuit federal appeals court decision which allowed the case to be heard. So the Ninth Circuit decision for Domino’s v. Robles stands, hooray! Digital products which are a public accommodation must be accessible or will be subject to a lawsuit (and probably lose).
The accessibility community is dumbfounded and outraged as to why Domino’s, a national pizza chain in the U.S., would spend so much money and effort into fighting digital equality rather than making their digital services accessible to all, which would greatly increase their potential customer base (and avoid bad publicity!)
Here’s Domino’s statement about the Supreme Court’s decision. Domino’s doesn’t admit that besides convenience, inclusiveness, and equality, ordering online provides other perks that cannot be received in another way, such as discounts, coupons, and rewards points. Although their call for DOJ regulation has some merit, it’s more of an unwarranted excuse. Regulations aren’t completely necessary; if passed, they would likely still be WCAG 2.0 AA, and digital products would still be subject to lawsuits.
Hooray! US Supreme Court will NOT hear the Domino’s Pizza case. This means that the Ninth Circuit court ruling is still good — disabled people have rights under the #ADA to challenge websites and mobile apps that are not accessible. #a11y#Disabilityhttps://t.co/Zwsh4fTjta
Supreme Court won’t hear case for Domino’s Pizza's desire to build web services that aren't accessible. ADA suit against them may continue. Good. What a shameful stance to take, @dominoshttps://t.co/BYN2y25JX4
"This is not about whether a guy can order pizza from a particular pizza restaurant … [i]t's about whether people [who are blind] are going to be able to participate in society in the 21st century." #a11y (via @A11yNews)https://t.co/qbBGLqO8Pv
While I have celebrated with my community regarding the SCOTUS decision of yesterday, I’m also reading some pretty incredible posts by people who disagree on the “Blind people can’t use the Internet so what difference does it make“ premise. Sadly, I’m not at all surprised.
The 34th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference has come and gone (held March 11-15, 2019). It was another terrific event, and with approximately 5000 attendees! The big difference in this year’s event was the new location—the lovely Anaheim Marriott hotel outside of Los Angeles, California. The official Twitter hashtag is #CSUNATC19. Next year’s event is planned for the same venue next March 9 to March 13, 2020.
Sandy Plotin (Managing Director, Center on Disabilities, CSUN) and Jennison Asuncion (Digital Accessibility Leader!) hosted the keynote event where Johanna Lucht, a Deaf Engineer at NASA, was honored. In addition, Sean Keegan, Director of California Community Colleges Accessibility Center, was announced this year’s Strache Leadership Award recipient.
Below are a great list of session resources, a few announcements made, photos, and some fun tweets! Lastly, links to past CSUN events are listed.