Advocating for accessibility

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For Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) this year, I’ve been creating short videos to raise awareness for people I work with. They are based on slides which could be adapted by others if they want to advocate for accessibility too.

the word accessibility with the first and last letter of the word in white and the letters in between in yellow and numbered. There are 11 letter between the initial 'a' and the last 'y', that's why we say a11y

5 themes

From experience, in a work context, we usually don’t do well for people who are colour blind or dyslexic. I also needed a short intro to accessibility for people new to it, and something simple to talk about assistive technologies.

I always use social media as a starting point to become more accessible because it’s easy to do better, and it’s something that most people use these days. It’s also a great way to learn more if you follow the right people.

Finding the slides to do your own videos

You can download the slides from this page. There are in two formats: either as Powerpoint or for Keynote.

To create my videos, I’ve used Keynote and this video explaining how to record yourself. Then I’ve uploaded the videos on Youtube and from there, I’ve added captions.

Introduction to accessibility

Dyslexia

More guidance on the British Dyslexia Association website.

Colour blindness

Social Media

There is a previous blog post with some useful links on this subject.

Assistive technologies

This is very basic and just focusing on keyboard navigation and magnifying your screen. More links and videos can be found in this previous blog post.

The source of images used in the video can be found in the speaker notes of the slides

More videos about testing your website

10 videos of quick tests shared by Tetralogical (not me!).

They are really good to go a bit deeper and show how to do simple tests.

Some extra resources

At the end of each video I encourage people to join a meet group around accessibility, so here is a list of meetups around the world.

I have another blog post where I gather resources about accessibility. In it, I also give a few names of people to follow on Twitter and more.

Accessibility Manchester recently teamed up with Co-op and they had 3 sessions that will be worth watching to learn more and get some inspiration from:

This year, there were so many events for GAAD that it will take me a while to process all this!

They have announced a new initiative: GAAD.foundation, you should check this.


Note: I keep learning and might have got something wrong in my videos. Do let me know if you spot anything you think I should change so I can improve. Thank you!