Web accessibility and assistive technology

While the necessity and benefits of accessible services on the web are pretty obvious, web accessibility is still not a widespread practice. Common reasonsings range from putative additional efforts, tight budgets to the misbelief that "validity equals accessibilty". In many cases, however, it seems that the majority of developers simply has no clue where to start — which comes as no surprise as most of them have never gotten their hands on assistive technology.

The Accessibility Club wants to give you the chance to get some real-world experience with assistive technology, deepen your knowledge about web accessibilty and get you in touch with like-minded webworkers. The goal is to enable you to make accessibility a natural part of your daily work and mindset.

Welcome our special guest: Karl Groves

We are extremely pleased that Karl Groves, creator of Tenon and Senior Technical Lead Accessibility Software Consultant & Director of Training at The Paciello Group, is visiting Germany and that he gives us the chance to setup two consecutive meetups with him as a speaker.
Portrait of Karl Groves

November 7th, Berlin

The first meetup on Monday, November 7th, acts as a side event of the beyond tellerrand // BERLIN 2016 conference. It's hosted by Joschi and Stefan at the fantastic premises of Contentful in Berlin Kreuzberg.

Karl will kick off the event at 12:00 pm with a talk with the promising title

Modern Web Toolsets & The Next Generation of Accessibility Testing Tools

Expect a comprehensive view on the evolution of accessibilty testing, different approaches of how to add accessibility testing into a large number of touch-points in the development process and a lot of real-world examples. You will also (but not exclusively) learn quite a bit about the use of Tenon.

The event is limited to 60 attendees and run on a non-profit basis. Attendees are required to make a donation of any amount (min. € 15) which will be used to accomodate Karl and cover the basic expenses. Budget leftovers will entirely be donated to Knowbility.

The event space itself is suitable for wheelchair users. To reach the space, however, a staircase downwards has to be taken. We will happily assist you with getting there.

Join us for this great gathering in Berlin,

get your a11yclub #4 ticket

and let your friends on Twitter, Facebook and Lanyrd know that you will be part of it!

November 10th, Nürnberg

The second meetup on Thursday, November 10th, will be hosted by Joschi at the tollwerk space in Nuremberg as usual. Karl will kick off the event at 1:00 pm with a brand new talk titled

What's in a name? Understanding accessible name calculation

Ever wondered how a screenreader is calling and reading out certain parts of your website, and why exactly? What's «stronger», the text inside a link or its title attribute? Well, wonder no longer and join us for this complex but super interesting topic!

There's a good chance that the event space will be fully wheelchair accessible until November. If in doubt please ask for details!

The tickets for a11yclub #5

are limited to 50 and available from € 15 each (larger donations welcome). The money will be used to cover Karl's travel expenses and further equip the tollwerk venue in order to bring you more events like this in the future.

Please let your friends on Twitter, Facebook and Lanyrd know that you support our little meetup! Also, if you're interested in supporting a11yclub as a sponsor, we'd totally love to hear from you!

Sessions & discussions

At both meetups we will have a short break after Karl's talk where we can refresh ourselves and grab a snack. After the break we will switch into barcamp mode and collect topics for adhoc sessions and discussions like

to just name a few possibilities. There will be lots of opportunity to chat about what you are really interested in.

Your host: Joschi Kuphal

Portrait of Joschi Kuphal

Joschi is an interior designer, programmer and restless tinkerer from Nuremberg.

He's working on the web since the mid 90s, founder of tollwerk and the Open Device Lab Nürnberg, IndieWeb enthusiast and author of several of Open Source tools. Since 2013 he launched several events like the border:none conference, the Accessibility Club, the CoderDojo Nürnberg, the Homebrew Website Club Nürnberg and is one of the driving forces behind the Nürnberg Web Week.

Your host: Stefan Judis

Portrait of Stefan Judis

Stefan started programming 6 years ago and quickly fell in love with web performance, new technologies and automation.

He is also a curator of the web performance online resource Perf Tooling, organizer of the Web Performance Meetup Berlin, contributes constantly to a variety of open source projects and enjoys sharing nerdy discoveries.