Mobile Accessibility Challenges, Best Practices and Techniques (BYOD Workshop)

Presented at 1:30pm in Westminster IV on Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

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Speaker(s)

  • Joe Humbert, Senior Accessibility Engineer, The Paciello Group
  • Kathy Wahlbin, CEO & Owner, Interactive Accessibility

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • 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 2018 including WCAG 2.1.

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 the new requirements for WCAG 2.1.
  3. Learn the basics for designing and developing accessible mobile websites and native applications.

Disability Areas

All Areas, Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Other, Vision

Topic Areas

Legal, Other, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Joe Humbert

Joe Humbert, Senior Accessibility Engineer at The Paciello Group (TPG), brings a breadth and depth of accessibility experience that is both engaging and transformative for organizations applying over 14 years of experience supporting & engaging in accessibility efforts. Joe is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA, 2018) through the IAAP organization. His experience combines implementing accessibility at an institutional level, a technical background in web development and design, as well as an extensive background in Special Education and Accessibility. Before joining The Paciello Group, he spent 13 years working in higher education at two Big Ten universities supporting students, faculty, and staff with disabilities with creating and engaging with accessible content. He believes in and uses a people-centered approach to accessibility. Joe currently serves at the Native Mobile lead at TPG helping clients of all sizes ensure that their mobile applications are accessible to the widest audience regardless of disability.

Kathy Wahlbin

Kathy Wahlbin has been very active in the web accessibility community since the 2001 when Section 508 was amended to cover information web technology. As awareness, methods, and requirements have evolved, she has gained considerable experience in accessibility, usability, software applications and website development.

As an invited expert of the W3C WCAG 2.0 Working Group, W3C Mobile Accessibility Task Force and the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force, she is knowledgeable in the trends and directions in accessibility, and she contributes to the development of new guidelines, techniques and methodologies. She is passionate about creating a world where online communications and technology are simple and universally accessible to all people regardless of ability.