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: Marcy Sutton

We are extremely pleased that Marcy Sutton — senior front-end engineer at Deque Systems, writer and speaker — will give us a visit and, among other things, talk about her work on the axe-core team focusing on accessibility test integrations into web developer tooling.
Portrait of Marcy Sutton

Enforce web accessibility — with Robin Christopherson

Robin is Head of Digital Inclusion at the UK's leading tech charity AbilityNet. Fortunate enough to receive an MBE in the 2017 honours list for his work, he is passionate about how tech can transform everyone's life regardless of ability, impairment or environment. Robin is himself blind but effortlessly enthralls the audience with deft demonstrations of good and bad practice in website and mobile accessibility.
Portrait of Robin Christopherson

Homework until we meet

One topic Robin is trying to progress in the UK is getting the government to actually enforce the law regarding website accessibility. He wrote an open letter to the government and suggests we should all kick off similar campaigns in our own countries as well.

At the Accessibility Club, Robin would like to learn what the landscape in other countries is and what practical steps we think we could take to further this agenda. So here are some things to prepare until we meet in Munich:

  • Let's do a bit of research and find out if there are any stats relating to our countries regarding conformance levels.
  • How could we back these up with hard, current evidence? What would it need to create a very basic utility that would return a yes / no when you give it a URL (or batch of URLs) or even search term? (»How accessible is the XYZ website?«)
  • Which kind of campaigns or petitions could / should we start?

January 15th, München

Our meetup acts as a side event of the very first beyond tellerrand conference in Munich. It's hosted by Joschi on the ground floor of the Münchner Künstlerhaus where also the conference takes place on the following days.

Marcy will kick off the meetup at 12:00 pm with a short presentation about her most recent projects, followed by a first discussion session where we can pick up and continue some of her topics.

Then, after a short break, it's going to be Robin's turn. He's still pondering about what he's going to tell you, but we're more than confident that it's going to be very worthwile in any case.

Regarding refreshements, we will try to serve you some snacks or coffee & pastries in the break but at the time of this writing it's unclear whether we'll be allowed to do so (or can afford it). Please stay tuned!

Sessions & discussions

After the presentations we'll switch to barcamp mode and collect topics for adhoc sessions and discussions. There will be plenty of opportunity to chat about the things you are really interested in. Visit our Flickr photo pool to get an impression of how well this worked out during the last times!


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 Marcy and cover our basic expenses. Budget leftovers will either be used to fund future meetups or be donated to accessibility related charities.

Join us for this great gathering in München,

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Münchner Künstlerhaus

As far as we know, the venue is suitable for wheelchair users when you enter via the side entrance. The toilet, however, is probably not fully accessible.

Code of Conduct

We have a Code of Conduct in place for your event. It's there to ensure maximum inclusivity and that everyone feels welcome and comfortable throughout the event. Please make sure your read and understand its contents before registering and attending.

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 event series like the border:none and Material conferences, the Accessibility Club and the CoderDojo Nürnberg. He's running IndieWebCamps, the Homebrew Website Club Nürnberg and is one of the driving forces behind the Nürnberg Web Week.