Accessibility resources

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Putting a lot of resources in one place. I’ll come back, add to it and update on a regular basis.

word accessibility with the first and last letter of the word in black and the letters in between in red and numbered. There are 11 letter between the initial 'a' and the last 'y', that's why we say a11y
Why A11Y is the short for Accessibility

I’m not an expert. I’ve spend a lot of time educating myself since 2016 via articles, video, conferences, following disabled people and accessibility experts on Twitter.

If you spot a term or something I should not be using, please tell me. I keep realising I’ve done things wrong in the past, so I keep adjusting. It’s a journey.

More people want to learn too, so this post will be something I can share easily when asked for resources.

Note that there are lots of places with resources already like the BBC accessibility website, Webflow resourcesthis one from webaccessibility.org and this one accessguide.io

You can also subscribe to A11Y weekly and receive an email with lots of resources every week.

In this post – Quick links

General awareness and advice for anyone

collage of 8 posters from the Home Office showing we you should do / don't do regarding designing for deaf or hard of hearing, users on the autistic spectrum, dyslexia, anxiety, physical or motor disabilities, low vision, or screen readers
Do and Don’t posters from the Home Office available here

Neurodiversity

We are finally hearing much more about it. Neurodiversity covers Autism, ADHD, dyslexia, bipolarity and more.

Here is a really good video from Rachel Morgan-Trimmer, you should check her blog too.

About Dyspraxia: A disability that does not count

Check the DWP Autism and Neurodiversity Toolkit for staff and managers

Lots of videos to understand dyslexia better by Dyslexia Bytes

“Autism is a spectrum” doesn’t mean what you think

For developers

Material created for Code Your Future

I’ve created some material for Students of Code Your Future where I volunteer. Feel free to reuse these slides. Let me know if you spot anything that is not correct.

There are links and sources of images and more in the speaker notes.

Intro to web development accessibility – part 1(General awareness)

Accessibility for developers – basic – part 2

There will be one more part to deliver – Still working on it.

Good videos

Sara Soueidan (worth following her on Twitter as well) very clear, she has more talks to look at, blog post and articles:

In the video from Sara Soueidan, she mentions this little video where a fake video game illustrates how a screen reader works.

Russel Weakley gives a very good explanation of what is an accessible name:

Manuel Matuzović on writing CSS with Accessibility in Mind:

Sarah Higley on how to debug:

About Suzanne Aitchison, you can also check her website

Accessibility testing: tips to succeed by Alistair Duggin:

logo with t12t, this is the numeronym of Accessibility but in Swedish

Testing your website – your code

People to follow, blog and projects

I’ll keep adding, there are so many of them!

Meet-ups and conferences

Accessibility Manchester have been running great events online this year, you should follow them on Twitter and check them on Youtube for example this video about Real world accessibility stories.

Accessibility Scotland has lots of videos on their website.

Training

Practical

Talking about disabled people – their lived experience

Accessible events and venues

Photos

Reviews

Checklists

Colours

Assistive Technologies (A.T.)

There is more to it than just screen readers, some links and videos to learn more:

A video which will give you an overview:

How Leonie Watson navigates some websites with her screen reader (JAWS)

Kristy Viers has a lot of good videos on her Youtube channel.

Todd Stabelfeldt who is quadriplegic also has lots of videos on his channel. This one is a demo he did for an Apple Keynote

Angie’s use of Assistive Technology at school

Make your own presentation

You might want to do your own presentation but you don’t know where to start?

I have shared slides you can copy, change and make your own if you want and some advice on how to make them accessible too. Check these two blog posts: links to the slides are in there.


I’ll keep adding to this post. This is a good way for me to ‘tidy up’ the many links I’ve kept over the years.