When Enabled by Design met Scripting Enabled: the movie

Back in September 2008 I was invited to speak at the Scripting Enabled conference on living with a variable condition […]

Back in September 2008 I was invited to speak at the Scripting Enabled conference on living with a variable condition like Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and how it affects my use of the Internet. Not having spoken in front of such a large group before I was a little reticent, but they say that it’s always good to move out of your comfort zone so I decided to give it go! You can read more about the day here.

The film footage of my talk has just been made available so here it is! Drum roll please… Ta da!

You can also read the transcript of my talk here.

I must admit it’s very strange watching myself back on video and definitely takes some getting used to! You can tell that I’m a wee bit nervous while I’m doing the actual presentation as I sound very serious (not like me at all!) and I get through it all in a rate of knots. Chris Heilmann even points out that I’ve managed to finish my presentation five minutes before I was meant to start. Is that even humanly possible? Hee hee! Mind I soon got into the swing of things during the Q & A session, and I started to sound more like me again. Phew!

For me the hardest question was which websites did I find most accessible. In truth my mind drew a bit of a blank here. My answer was Facebook, but that was more about the fact that it helps me to feel connected to my friends and the outside world. I suppose I don’t directly think about how accessible websites are, to me it’s very black and white; I can either use them easily or I can’t. If the latter is true, my feet (or should it be fingers?!?) do the talking and I don’t go back to that site again. However, in hindsight this doesn’t really make these inaccessible culprits aware of how they are excluding certain people from using their websites.

It would be interesting to see if once they had been made aware, would they actually do anything about it. So why don’t we give it a try? Let us know about your experiences and any challenges you may face when surfing the Internet. And together we’ll see if we can start to make a change…