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: Heydon Pickering

We are extremely pleased that Heydon Pickering — freelance web accessibility consultant, interface designer and writer — will give us a visit and talk about all things inclusive pattern libraries including his recent book Inclusive Design Patterns, his blog Inclusive Components and — hopefully — a brand new, yet to be revealed tool he's currently working on.
Portrait of Heydon Pickering

As well on board with us: Laura Kalbag

Laura — designer, writer, and one half of Ind.ie. She’ll bring copies of her brand new book from A Book Apart, Accessibility For Everyone (which has a foreword by Heydon!).
Portrait of Laura Kalbag

November 6th, Berlin

Our meetup on Monday, November 6th, acts as a side event of the beyond tellerrand // BERLIN 2017 conference. It's hosted by Joschi and Stefan at the fantastic premises of Contentful in Berlin Kreuzberg.

Heydon will kick off the event at 12:00 pm with a short presentation about his most recent projects. After that, Laura will talk about creating accessible content and integrating inclusive design into the design process.

Finally, Detlev Fischer (DIAS) will introduce us to the ERASMUS+-funded COMPARE project, a common wiki-based repository of real web content cases where accessibility testers can compare their ratings with those of other testers. The repository will be released to the public until November. The presentation aims to get public feedback on the COMPARE approach to help make the repository and other resources as useful as possible for web developers, accessibility experts in training, and anyone interested in learning more about accessibility.

Sessions & discussions

After the presentations we will have a short break where we can refresh ourselves and grab a snack. Soon after we will switch into barcamp mode and collect topics for adhoc sessions and discussions. There will be plenty of opportunity to chat about what you are really interested in. Visit our Flickr gallery of a11yclub #4 to get an impression how well this worked out last year!


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 Heydon and cover the basic expenses. Budget leftovers will entirely be donated to an accessibility related charity (TBA).

Join us for this great gathering in Berlin,

Get your a11yclub #6 ticket

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


The event space itself is suitable for wheelchair users. To reach the space, however, a staircase downwards has to be taken. Contentful is currently working on getting the space fully accessible. If they don't succeed until November, we will happily assist you with getting down the ramp.

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 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 7 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.