About the event

2-day community summit for developers, designers & accessibility enthusiasts, jointly run by a11y meetups from all over Europe · Nov 16th-17th, 2019 · Berlin, Germany


Saturday, November 16th, 2019

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Accessibility 101 (Meeting Room)

Preparatory, informal session for all people who are new to the web accessibility field. Our goal is to give them some basic knowledge about the most important terms and topics so they can feel welcome and are enabled to better engage with the rest of the day. Open session with some demos and lots of space for questions and answers.

Official opening Day 1, introduction & session planning
Accessibility Devtools Chromium (Foyer) (documentation available)
Getting everyone on board for a11y — in search for the magic trick (Meeting Room) (documentation available)
How to Ally: Accessibility in Community Meetups (Atrium) (documentation available)

Accessibility has been gaining in importance in web design and development generally. However, there has always been and still is the important point of accesibility in "real life". More and more community meetups have sprung up all over our region. Accessibility is present as a topic, sometimes in the form of talks, but also in the way groups, initiatives and conference organizers are taking measures in their event design. Yet, more can be done to anchor the topic even further. In the talk, I will tell my personal story of why accessibility is so dear to my heart and I will give tips on what organizers can do to make their events more inclusive.

Coming from the point of view of having chronic illnesses myself, I see many things that might not. Both as an ally and a person with chronic illnesses, I can do my part to make meetups more inclusive.

In the talk, I will first delve into my background and explain which path has led me to be an advocate for diversity and inclusion and a speokesperson for inclusivity of persons with handicaps and chronic illnesses.

I will then go on to delve into suggestions and success factors of inclusive event design. What can organizers proactively do to make events more accessible and help people with handicaps and chronic illnesses to feel empowered to go?

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Drag & Drop components for blind users? Are you kidding me? (Atrium) (documentation available)

One of the most used patterns in the web - Drag & Drop - can bring a lot of users to your site due to its convenience as well as decrease the traffic cause it's quite hard to make it accessible for disabled people. This talk solves this problem, so it will be very useful for all developers.

Moving things is so natural for us that we brought this behaviour from the world of things into the web. Sorting to-do lists, organising dashboards, uploading files — we can't imagine all these things without dragging elements. But what if we couldn't see the screen? Would dragging and dropping be still doable or same convenient for us? Could we accomplish all these familiar tasks with no vision?

In this talk you will learn the main principles of the drag-and-drop pattern and figure out best practices of making draggable elements accessible for visually impaired people.

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Microsoft Teams — how we do a11y UIs; tools, processes, producer feedback (Foyer)
What PDF haters should know about PDF a11y (Meeting Room) (documentation available)
Arguments for A11y (for corporations and enterprises) (Foyer)
Pulling the lever: Real-world prioritization of accessibility issues (Atrium)

Regardless of whether we are willing to actively prioritize accessibility issues, reality forces our hand. How do we take control of the process and decide which issues to address first?

For those of us who work with inclusive design, our goal is to ensure that the products we make are not just accessible, but that they provide a good user experience for as many people as possible. We don't want to leave any of our users behind, but the fact of the matter is, we have limited resources. We won't be able to fix everything. Regardless of whether we are willing to actively prioritize accessibility issues, reality forces our hand. How do we take control of the process and decide which issues to address first?

In this talk we’ll explore the reasons why prioritization of accessibility issues is such a touchy subject. We’ll look at factors that affect how prioritization happens in our organizations, and what factors should ideally be affecting these decisions. I’ll propose a method that can give us some guidance about how we can prioritize issues for maximal effect. Finally, we’ll take a look at some examples to demonstrate how we can apply this method in real life.

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SmartScroll: Text presentation for the visually impaired (Meeting Room) (documentation available)
Lunch Break
A11y design with focus on mobile devices (Foyer)
A11y — from «waaaat?» to a core part of dev team's workflow (Atrium) (documentation available)

A closer look on how I implemented a11y-focused thinking in a web development team. How to convince stakeholders, project managers, designers, UX/QA specialists and bunch of developers that accessibility matters and it has to become a default, non-negotiable approach.

Working on web accessibility is not a task for one person. Building accessible web services require cooperation on every level of development process and it is not easy to start. So how to coin ones hipe into common practice across a company workflow? I want to share my experience and my path; show dos and don'ts, obstacles and joys on the way, where we are now and where we wanna be soon. No marketing stuff, all code & technology examples showed on open source projects. I am a front-end developer building principally e-commerce solutions. 3-4 years ago, I did not even know what this accessibility thing was all about. Coincidence caused that I started to focus on this topic. It took me about 2 years to see the results of first mine and finally my colleagues' work. It was an interesting journey and I want to share my experiences with others. Especially, there is absolutely no easy and obvious way if you're just me 3-4 years ago.

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Discussion: engaging more people in workspace and education (Meeting Room) (documentation available)
Exclusive design (Foyer)
How to succeed with the web accessibility directive in large organisations (Atrium) (documentation available)

Public sector organisations need to provide accessibility statements for all external websites and apps in less then a year. This talk is about our experiences on how to make this happen in large organisations with few if any skilled accessibility advocates. Helping people to help themselves!

The web accessibility directive forces public sector organisations to publish detailed accessibility statements on all their external websites and apps. In some organisations that could mean 70 + interfaces. At the same time many organisations only have a few if any, skilled accessibility advocates. How do we go from 0 to 100 in less than a year? Our experience is that we need to enforce robust, and simple routines, use the right tools and work with the skills within the organisation to make this happen. It’s not enough to analyse existing interfaces, we need to change the way the organisation work and gradually raise the level of awareness and know how. In this session I will share my experiences working as an accessibility specialist with organisations in Scandinavia, and show you our methodology to engage the organisations we are involved with.

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VIP — visually impaired person (Meeting Room)
Final Session / Discussion Panel (Atrium)
Closing Day 1 (Atrium)

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

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Accessibility for Mobility

at Immobilien Scout, Room III, Andreasstraße 10, 10243 Berlin

Mobility is essential to transport people and goods. People with physical mobility challenges are restricted in their flexibility to move around. Access to private or public transportation is sometimes challenging and more complicated for people with limited abilities.

The question is "how to improve access to transportation and enable as many people as possible to travel and be an equal part of the society." 

We are heading towards automated future, driverless vehicles and mobility-sharing concepts. Autonomous vehicles will enable anyone (without the ability to drive) to get around. How to ensure access without drivers' assistance?

Thinking about accessible design packages of vehicle interiors from the beginning will include mobility challenged individuals and avoid expensive and not integrated add-on features. What are the solutions, existing technologies and accessible user experience design concepts for highly automated on-demand vehicles of the future? 

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Connecting the Accessibility Dots (documentation available)

It is easy to get lost in the requirements for accessibility, the needs of people with disabilities and intricate specific workings of assistive technologies. I addition there’s lots of jargon around that does makes picking up accessibility hard.

Eric's workshop tries to give an holistic view of accessibility. Why is it important? What are the important concepts? How do people with disabilities actually use the web? How can we create accessible websites without consulting WCAG all the time? When, and how, can we make sure that we don’t step into the same traps all the time again and again?

The second half of the workshop will then answer the specific questions of the audience (which Eric will ask them to provide beforehand so he can prepare a few good examples). Basically applying the approaches learned in the morning to practical use.

The audience of the workshop are people who have a good understanding of parts of the web or even of accessibility but who desire a framework which they can apply in their daily life.

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Designing and Developing Forms on the Web and Ensuring They Are Accessible

at Thoughtworks, Zimmerstraße 23, 10969 Berlin

Forms are the #1 method for users to interact on a website — with the site owner or with each other. Forms are how content is created and how visitors convert to customers. Forms are how work is performed during our jobs. Despite their importance, usability and accessibility issues with forms outnumber all other issue types. During this full-day workshop attendees will learn how to design and develop more usable accessible forms – from design to development.

During a highly interactive and collaborative hands-on workshop, attendees will go through the process of planning, designing, and developing a form. Throughout several breakout sessions, attendees will collaborate on tasks that include:

  • Planning the form
  • Choosing the proper fields
  • Design and layout of the form
  • Accepting and processing input
  • Error prevention
  • Validation

Along the way the attendees will be creating their own form and testing their form for usability and accessibility with the ultimate goal of having a well-designed form at the end of the workshop.

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Disability Mainstreaming — How to think beyond technical accessibility

at Immobilien Scout, Room II, Andreasstraße 10, 10243 Berlin

Often accessibility is an afterthought in the development of new content, products and services. This is not enough and can create a bad customer experience for people with disabilities. In this workshop, you will learn how to put aspects of accessibility right in the center of your core product instead, which will benefit all users. Raul and Holger will bring many practical examples for content creators, website and mobile app developers and everybody who builds products with users in mind.

Exclusive Design — The role of design (education) in digital accessibility

at Immobilien Scout, Room I, Andreasstraße 10, 10243 Berlin​​​​​​​

Roughly said, in the past 25 years we have been designing websites mostly for people who design websites. This means there is an incredible body of knowledge when it comes to designing for people who use their computers in a similar way as we do.

But if we want to create truly inclusive websites, expertise in ourselves is not enough. We also need expertise in designing interfaces for people who are excluded. This expertise is lacking. During this half-day workshop we are going to work with the question:

What if we design websites exclusively for (and with) people with disabilities? 

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Starting a Design System with Accessibility in mind in a startup environment

at Immobilien Scout, Room V, Andreasstraße 10, 10243 Berlin

Accessibility, Design Systems and Startups: Three elements hard to mix, right? But what if I tell you that building a library of accessible UI components will help you develop and iterate on products faster. Together, let's set up the foundation for your future accessible design system.

One of the most effective ways to build accessible products is to develop a series of standardized UI components. Working with a reusable component spirit—or being component-driven—can help your team to iterate faster while ensuring a minimum level of accessibility across critical user journeys. But how many projects are truly building a component library from the beginning in our fast-paced and changing environment?

This workshop is a full-day hands-on session for designers and developers in which you will develop a strategy to kickoff and develop an accessible design system, regardless of the size of your product.

  1. The first half-day will focus on the strategy and vision for your Design System (strategy, design tokens, guidelines, adoption strategy, processes, recruitment of sponsors, getting buy-ins, nurturing a team, etc.).
  2. The second half-day will focus on the technical aspect of your project (technical workflows to maintain accessibility in the long run with checklists, testing strategy, contribution guidelines, guerilla device lab, etc.).

At the end of the day, you should have the political and technical foundations to start a small but effective Design System that will cover the needs of your product without requiring a dedicated team for it.

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Perform your own accessibility quickscan (documentation available)

at Immobilien Scout, Room I, Andreasstraße 10, 10243 Berlin

Workshop for beginners / intermediates, suitable for people with basic accessibility knowledge (web editors, designers, developers, product owners).

With a few basic tests, it is possible to get an indication of what the major easy-to-find accessibility issues are on a website. Learn how to do a quickscan of any website, be it your own private site or your company's.


Bring your own laptop. Decide beforehand which website you'd like to inspect. Install these free tools before the workshop:

Accessibility Testing with Screen Readers

at Immobilien Scout, Room II, Andreasstraße 10, 10243 Berlin​​​​​​​

In some countries making inaccessible websites is already illegal. Section 508, European Accessibility Act and other federal or regional laws require websites to be accessible. That's why more and more companies prefer their websites to be accessible and it's our job to make them accessible. In order to test websites for accessibility, we need to learn some new tools, such as a screen reader.In this workshop, you will dig into screen readers and learn how to use a screen reader of your choice (JAWS, NVDA or VoiceOver) for testing accessibility of your websites.

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Microsoft Atrium
Charlottenstraße 46
10117 Berlin , Berlin Germany
52.5166067 13.3906258
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