Web Accessibility London 2010

21st September 2010 (10am – 4pm)

City University London

Call For Contribution

The Web Accessibility London 2010 (a11yLDN) unconference is a 1-day event that will take place at City University London on 21st September 2010. The unconference will have a motor impairment theme, as it is believed they are a widely under-represented population within web accessibility. However, the unconference will also consider cognitive impairments and the wider-disability population.

The event will be structured with short presentations (15 to 20 minutes) that have ‘longer’ discussions, i.e. a place for people to learn from each other. Workshops will be offered and there will be a Demonstration Fair to give attendees the opportunity to try out existing, new and emerging assistive technology. The event is directed at end-users, web designers/developers, accessibility specialists and universities, charities and companies.

If you are considering presenting or running a workshop at a11yLDN, you are required to submit an abstract outlining your presentation or workshop. However, if you are considering taking part in the demonstration fair you are not required to submit an abstract, please see document “Call for Demonstration Fair Items” (http://bit.ly/a11yLDNCallforDemonstrationFairItems ) for further information.

Suggested Topics

Topics suggested included (but are not limited to):

  1. What is accessibility and what are its benefits?
  2. Exploring the current state of accessibility, such as:
  1. Challenges
  2. Potential improvements
  1. Understanding and using new/existing accessibility standards, guidelines or resources
  2. Understanding emerging issues in accessibility, such as:
  1. Touch interfaces
  2. Social media
  3. Gaming
  4. Entertainment
  5. Web utilities e.g. banking
  1. Discussing new and emerging assistive technology, such as:
  1. Touch interfaces
  2. Adapted input devices
  3. Screen readers
  4. Alternative and augmented communication (AAC)
  1. Discussing how to make specific technology accessible, such as:
  1. Video’s in Flash and HTML 5
  2. PDF form development
  1. Discussing the future of accessibility (where do we go from here?)

Note: All presentations, workshops, demonstration fair items should try to fit within the unconference motor impairment theme. However, we will also be accepting cognitive impairments and wider-disability population submissions.

Submission Procedures

Abstract submissions should be no longer than 1 A4 page and should be sent to: a11yLDN@googlemail.com by 10th September 2010.

If you require further information please contact Makayla Lewis at a11yLDN@googlemail.com, she will be more than happy to help.