Tips for Solving Web Accessibility from Expert Speaker David Berman
Earlier in January, we held a webinar with David Berman, an internationally acclaimed expert on web accessibility. With so many emerging standards and technical specifications, meeting web accessibility guidelines can be a daunting task. David provides not only a deep understanding of web standards and requirements, but also a passion for accessibility. He lays out accessibility requirements and design elements – complicated topics – in a way that is easy to follow. His expert approach to developing an accessible infrastructure provides you with a roadmap of what needs to be done as well as how you can meet your accessibility goals.
In the below presentation, David covers the many reasons you should care about web accessibility, different types of disabilities and how to deliver accessible alternatives, actionable tips for improving your web accessibility right away, and resources for testing accessibility. He also goes over applicable legal requirements and WCAG 2.0 web accessibility standards.
David’s presentation provides a poignant look at the importance of web accessibility in a world where the population of people with disabilities is constantly growing. He focuses on the importance of including everyone as the number one reason that you should care about web accessibility. In a poll during the webinar, 76% of attendees identified themselves as having a disability from a list that ranged color blindness, needing glasses, or carpel tunnel syndrome to being blind, deaf or hard of hearing, or paraplegic (along with a number of other disabilities in between). Implementing accessibility measures can help the full range of people with disabilities have a better user experience.
David’s presentation is highly informative, focusing on the desire (and need) to provide equal access to information technology before providing the audience with actionable measures for implementing web accessibility. There is also a hearty Q&A to pay attention to at the end of his presentation (beginning around 44:30).