Mobile Accessibility Challenges, Best Practices and Techniques

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 9:00am in Meadowbrook II on Tuesday, November 14.

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Speaker(s)

  • Kathy Wahlbin, CEO & Founder, Interactive Accessibility

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Bring-your-own Device Workshop: Please bring your iOS and Android devices and install the latest version of the operating system.
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference

Summary

Mobile devices have significantly changed the way that people access content and services, and this opens new opportunities for persons with disabilities. This hands-on session will cover all the basics of mobile accessibility and will cover what is new for mobile accessibility in 2017.

Abstract

Mobile devices have significantly changed the way that people access content and services, and this opens new opportunities for persons with disabilities. From games to academic papers, mobile devices, phones, tablets, and even new wearable technologies are making it easier for people with disabilities to participate and are opening new ways to do things, like get new feedback from their devices and do new things. Sensors, vibrations, and other feedback leverage everything on the platform for accessibility. New ways of looking at similar problems are giving opportunities for new innovation.

Are your mobile applications and websites accessible to students and faculty? Do they meet the WCAG 2.0 success criteria? What about the new success criteria coming in WCAG 2.1? More and more people are choosing mobile as their platform of choice and worldwide there are more mobile users than desktop users. This hands-on session will cover all the basics of mobile accessibility.

Keypoints

  1. Learn how to use the mobile assistive technology settings and tools.
  2. Understand how WCAG 2.0 applies to mobile and learn what new requirements are coming in WCAG 2.1.
  3. Learn the basics for designing and developing accessible mobile websites and applications.

Disability Areas

accessible design, Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Information Technology, Legal, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Kathy Wahlbin

Kathy Wahlbin is an accessibility expert in Section 508 and W3C WCAG compliance and CEO and founder of Interactive Accessibility. She is an experienced digital media designer with extensive knowledge of accessibility and usability issues and solutions. She is passionate about creating a world where online communications and technology are simple and universally accessible to all people regardless of ability. Kathy leads the Boston Accessibility group and is an invited expert on the W3C WCAG 2.0 Working Group and WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force.

Handout(s)