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The 32st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, known to people in the industry as the 2017 CSUN Conference, is being held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, CA from February 27 to March 3. CSUN, through the International Conference on Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities, provides an inclusive setting and hosts many groups including:

iOS has an accessibility feature to allow users to select their preferred text size. Some applications will respect this setting and change their text size appropriately, however, some do not. To change your preferred text size

The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital accessibility issues encountered by people with different disabilities. The target audience of GAAD is the design, development, usability, government, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use. That means you.

Read the blog post by GAAD co-Founder Joe Devon that started it all and watch an interview with GAAD Co-Founder Jennison Asuncion. How can you take part? There are ideas and activities for you to mark GAAD at  Happy GAAD!

The W3C is inviting people to submit ideas, suggestions or comments to a (publically-archived) mailing list. In addition, code can be contributed directly on Github. The tutorials on the Web Accessibility Tutorials page will provide guidance on creating websites that meet WCAG 2.0 standards. They provide assistance to people in a variety of roles:

  • Developers: boiler plate solution for many common issues
  • Designers: creating elements and composites that lend themselves to accessible code
  • Trainers: access to compelling examples to aid in accessible web design education
  • Content Authors: concepts and techniques for creating accessible content
  • Project Managers: principle for planning accessible websites.

While additional tutorials are coming, current tutorials cover the following topics:

  • Images
  • Tables
  • Forms
  • Sliders/Carousels

Kathy Wahlbin, CEO and Founder of Interactive Accessibility and invited expert for the W3C WCAG 2.0 Working Group, Mobile Accessibility Task Force and WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force, is presenting tonight at PixelMEDIA in Portsmouth New Hampshire. Kathy will discuss how the accessibility is changing and impacting today’s businesses. In addition, she will look at some of the coding and testing techniques that help bring websites and other digital content into compliance with WCAG 2.0 and Section 508.

Register for the event right away.

As the world becomes increasingly reliant on mobile devices for productivity in their work and personal lives, it is increasingly important that we look at the accessibility of the device itself as well as how publicly available digital content works with mobile accessibility features. At this year’s ATIA Conference in Orlando Florida Kathy Wahlbin, CEO and Founder of Interactive Accessibility, tackles this subject in her iOS Accessibility Workshop.

We recently posted some videos on the Access Matters blog about setting up and using TalkBack, which is the pre-installed screen reader service provided by Google for Android devices. It occurred to me that there must be some good walkthroughs for iOS accessibility, so I decided to go on a YouTube hunt for you, our loyal Access Matter Blog readers, and find the best iOS Accessibility walkthroughs.

On November 19 and 20 in Pune India the state Directorate of Information Technology (DIT), in association with Mahaonline Limited (MoL) will hold a workshop on eAccessibility. The DIT is inviting developer communities and software companies primarily working on government of Maharashtra websites that are high-traffic, high impact and citizen-centric. The goal is to teach them about web accessibility in an effort to make their websites and applications compliant with Web Content Accessibility Guide-lines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A.

The 16th Annual Accessing Higher Ground Conference on accessible media, web and technology in Westminster, CO ends today September 6th at midnight, Mountain Time. Prices will go up about 10%-12% depending on the package, starting tomorrow.

The AHG Conference focuses on the implementation and benefits of Accessible Media, Universal Design, and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting. Additional topics include ADA and 508 compliance. The creation of accessible media and information resources will include Web pages and library resources are particular focuses of this event. You may register for the AHG here.

W3C WAI updated two supporting documents for Web Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0: Techniques for WCAG 2.0 and Understanding WCAG 2.0. WCAG 2.0 itself is a stable document and, therefore, does not change.

The WCAG guidelines and success criteria are designed to be broadly applicable to current and future web technologies, including dynamic applications, mobile, digital television, etc. For an introduction to the WCAG documents, see the WCAG Overview. The W3C Working Group Notes that were just released provide specific guidance. They include code examples, resources, and tests, which are periodically updated to cover current practices for meeting the WCAG 2.0 Success Criteria.

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