Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Boston 2014

by Alex Stetson

Last Thursday we hosted a regional Boston event for Global Accessibility Awareness Day here at our offices, co hosted by Future Insights.  Three featured web accessibility speakers and over 100 attendees signed up to joined us for pizza, presentations, and networking to learn how to make the web more accessible to those with disabilities and for human beings in general. We were really impressed by the amount of enthusiasm and support we received surrounding the event. Below are some photos highlights and presenter slides. (Event video coming soon… in the meantime, click here to check out Fresh Tilled Soil’s accessibility stack.)

Photo Highlights

An iMac with VoiceOver running

Pre event: Attendees could experience using the web with a visual impairment through a simulation exercise.
noise canceling headphones and paper

Pre event: Attendees could experience accessibility issues by simulating a hearing impairment.
sign language interpreters signing to each other

Northeastern University’s interpreters signed the event for us. I wish we could do this for all our events!
people eating pizza at fresh tilled soil

Getting started with pizzas & networking
global accessibility awareness day audience shot

a nice sized crowd joined us for GAAD Boston
ian murphy of future insights

Ian Murphy of Future Insights
a shot of the audience

Engaged audience at gaad
hashtag whiteboard photo

#gaadboston

Speakers & Slides

Aaron Leventhal from sitecuesThe inside track on ARIA — How to benefit without getting lost in the hype

aaron l sitecues

Download a pdf of Aaron’s presentation slides.

Deborah Kaplan from Dreamwidth StudiosUser-Created Content: Maintaining accessibility and usability when we don’t control the content

deborah kaplan

Download a PDF of Deborah’s presentation slides.

Kel Smith from Anikto LLCWhat We Can Learn from Digital Outcasts

kel smith

About Fresh Tilled Soil

Fresh Tilled Soil is a Boston-based user interface and experience design firm focused on human centered digital design