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May 19, 2016
Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit
Grand Circus (Detroit)

Back for the third year, Global Accessibility Awareness Day Detroit is a day for web professionals to gather together to learn about accessibility and how to make the web more accessible and usable by everyone. Events will be held around the world to raise awareness about web accessibility.


You work hard on your web content, the goal being for that content to reach as wide an audience as possible. To that end, you study all the accessibility-related guidelines and do your best to apply them to your work.

But what does it all really mean? How does someone who uses a screen reader experience your site? How will the next change you're planning to make impact that experience?

In this hands-on session with Al Puzzuoli, you will learn to use a screen reader as a tool to answer the questions above.

• First, you'll learn the basics of controlling your computer and navigating the web, using only a screen reader and your keyboard.

• Next, you will see examples of accessible sites that play nice with screen readers, and other inaccessible ones, which decidedly do not.

• Finally, the fun begins, as it will be time to play! You will have the opportunity to go the the website of your choice, and use your newly honed skills to do some basic accessibility testing

Cost: $5.

Sep 6, 2016
Accessibility Summit 2016
U. Michigan: Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library (Ann Arbor)

Join us Tuesday, September 6, 2016 in Ann Arbor for the seventh annual Accessibility Summit, a two-day online conference with 12 experts on web accessibility, presented by Environments for Humans. Learn about building in accessibility from the ground up, creating accessible WordPress content, what the law says about web accessibility and more.

May 18, 2017
Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit
Bamboo Detroit

Returning for the fourth year, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Detroit will be held May 18, 2017 at Bamboo Detroit in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Our event will join dozens of other events held around the world on May 18 to raise awareness of digital accessibility in the products and services we use and design. This year's event is jointly hosted by Refresh Detroit and Ladies That UX Detroit.

If you're working on the web, creating, developing, or designing websites or content for others to use, this event is for you! Or if you want to learn how we can work together to make the web accessible to everyone, we'd love for you to attend.

For our GAAD Detroit 2017 event, we’re excited to announce two local accessibility professionals will speak on planning for accessibility in your designs and how to use an automated accessibility testing tool.

  • In her Design Before Code: Thinking About Accessibility from the Ground Up talk, Caitlin Geier will discuss how to think about accessibility when designing. You don’t want to wait until it’s coded. Geier will offer accessibility tips for designers so that time will be saved in development.
  • You’ll learn how to check the accessibility of your web projects in Matt Isner’s Introduction to aXE presentation. Isner will explain how to use aXe, a free Chrome extension and open source JavaScript accessibility testing engine.
Oct 18
Conceptualizing Accessibility
Seed Coworking

WordPress provides you with a decent head start when it comes to creating accessible websites. There are still plenty of items to check off your list to ensure that everyone has access to your site’s navigation and content. How can we be sure we understand the value of Accessibility when it comes to our projects?

Join us in welcoming Jessica Setter who is passionate about Design and Accessibility for our mobile worlds. She specializes in solutions bridging problems with art.

This talk is based on her current work in Accessibility Design. She will use visual examples then discussing the importance of conceptualizing accessibility early on when planning platforms. In between examples holding moments to ask people what differences there may be and how those differences affect the results of using a platform.

Jessica is a Graphic Designer from Southeast Michigan. After obtaining a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI, she works in Graphic Design at Owens Corning, and as a UI/UX Design Freelancer.

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