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The Dirt, Episode 4 – Accessibility Part 1


In this episode Steve, Mark and I launch into an epic discussion about Accessibility on the Web. We talk about the basics such as Section 508 & ADA, but also get into our more personal experiences with design and development. This episode serves (at least for us) as a great reminder that we need to be designing and developing with everyone in mind, and not just focusing on “the new hotness.” But at the same time, you can use the latest and greatest while also staying accessible.

To date, I think this is certainly the most important episode of The Dirt we’ve recorded. We all hope you enjoy, learn, and spread the word!

Listening Options

If you have a question for the show, please submit a text or audio version by e-mailing it to Tim. Then listen to the following week’s show for the answer (we can let you know as well). We’re totally smart and we’ll answer it.

Show notes

Fresh Tilled Soil Events

What: No More UX Nightmares: Simple Design for Complex Needs
When: Tuesday, October 18, 2012 from 8:00am to 9:30am
Where: IBM Innovation Center, Faneuil Hall Room

What: Environmental Design on the Web
When: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Brightcove Office, 4th Floor

What: Design & Thinking: Boston Film Premiere
When: Thursday, October 25, 2012 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Wayfiar, 24th Floor
RSVP:, This is a private event, please contact @alexstetsonn if you’re interesting in attending

What: Behance Portfolio Review Night
When: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: TBD

Accessibility Camp Events

What: Accessibility Camp DC
When: Saturday October 13, 2012 from 10:00am to 5:00pm
Where: Martin Luther King Library Room 215

WhatAccessibility Camp LA
When: Saturday October 20, 2012 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
WhereCSU Northridge University Student Union

What: Accessibility Camp Toronto
When: Saturday November 11, 2012 from 9:00am to 4:30pm
Where: OCAD University



The Sponsor this week is Global Accessibility Awareness Day.

Many designers, developers, champions of information and communication technology (ICT) use, and others are unaware of what needs to be done and where they can go to learn how to make technologies accessible and inclusive to users with different disabilities. Another reality is that professionals who work in the field of digital accessibility often find themselves preaching to the converted. Global Accessibility Awareness day’s mission is to help improve these situations.

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