Web Accessibility London 2010

City University logo

Wow, time certainly has a habit of flying by when you’re not looking. It only feels like yesterday that I took time out to go to the Web Accessibility London 2010 unconference (a11yLDN) held at City University. But no, it’s now been three weeks, much to my disbelief, and so I think it’s high time I tell you a little bit about the day. So here goes…

City University building

Always a good starting point, the first session was dedicated to exploring the million dollar question, “What is web accessibility?” and importantly how can we make it happen. Always a dilemma at this sort of event, each of the following sessions were split into three strands, so as much as I’d have liked to hear everyone speak, it really wasn’t possible. So my choices for the day were Makayla Lewis speaking about motor impairments, a sometimes forgotten accessibility consideration and one that’s close to my heart, Gail Bradbrook speaking about a crowd-sourcing approach to web accessibility called “Fix the Web” and last but no means least, Steve Lee who spoke about “Open Accessibilty and the web”.  
Then it was my turn, I first heard about this event through twitter (surprise surprise!) and quickly put my name down to attend. At this point I hadn’t even thought about being a speaker, but Kath Moonan, a freelance accessibility consultant, quickly persuaded me to speak about my experiences of multiple sclerosis (MS) and how it affects my use of technology and the Internet. You can check out the slides from my presentation here:

A great end to a great day, I was lucky enough to be given a guided tour around City University’s impressive Interaction Lab, a space dedicated to fascinating technologies such as eye-tracking and Microsoft Surface, as well as accessibility and mobile phone testing.

It was fantastic to be part of this event and I’d just like to say a big
thank you to everyone involved in making the day possible, I’ll definitely be looking out for Web Accessibility London 2011!

PS. Web accessibility is very much at the forefront of our minds as we work behind the scenes to further develop the Enabled by Design website. We’d really appreciate feedback on your experiences (both the good and not so good alike) of using the current site and any suggestions you might have for improvements. You can contact me by email: [email protected]. Thank you for your time! : )