Accessibility Camp L.A.

Accessibility Camp L.A.
Saturday, October 20, 2012

Join designers, developers, usability professionals, people who work in digital accessibility, and others interested in making the web and other technology accessible to people with disabilities at the first Accessibility Camp in Los Angeles.

In addition to L.A., attendees so far are coming in from Fresno, Monterey, and the Bay Area. In addition to local pros sharing their experience some of my colleagues from the digital accessibility community have been generous in terms of volunteering to come in from Toronto, New York, Baltimore, Louisville, and the Bay Area.

We are particularly pleased that of the attendees, there is a good cross-section of knowledge levels when it comes to digital accessibility, almost half being either just getting started or beginners.

Regardless of your level of digital accessibility knowledge, all are welcomed to attend this free event at California State University, Northridge, on Saturday, October 20.

Accessibility Camp L.A. is being held in association with:

The Los Angeles Accessibility and Inclusive Design Group
The Los Angeles User Experience Group
The Los Angeles PHP Developers Group

Registration on our own site is now closed.

To learn more and register for this free event:

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See you there!

L.A. Accessibility Meetup

In June of this year I started the Los Angeles Accessibility and Inclusive Design Group. We now have 45 members. Our August meetup was at the Santa Monica Apple Third Street Promenade store. Cara Quinn, an iOS developer, did a demo of VoiceOver on iOS. Cara develops iOS apps at LookTell.

Cara uses VoiceOver constantly so this was an expert guided tour. She demonstrated an inaccessible app, and compared that with accessible apps. Very enlightening.

For just one example: developers, please don’t name your buttons but1, but2, but3. If a user depends on the name of the button they will be lost. Name your buttons semantically, and meaningfully. You will enhance your product and elevate its reputation.

We are working with other Los Angeles Meetup groups to spread the word, The Los Angeles PHP Developers Group (LAPHP), and The Los Angeles User Experienc­e Meetup with thousands of members each.

The incredible wealth of support and information represented by Meetup groups in Santa Monica is a sign of very healthy economic development. Santa Monica is known as Silicon Beach because of all the tech development happening here. I’m glad to be making accessiblity a part of it with the Los Angeles Accessibility and Inclusive Design Group.