May is Tech Accessibility Month in Austin

The Forrest Four-Cast: April 22, 2017

Can the narrative of accessibility be reframed from compliance to one of business innovation? Such is the goal of Rich Schwerdtfeger, who will help lead the first-ever Knowbility Accessibility Leadership Symposium (KALS), scheduled May 15–16 at the Driskill Hotel in Austin.

Participants at KALS include leaders from Yahoo, Comcast, MIT, and Adobe, as well as Eve Hill, the recent lead from the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Accomplished visual communicator and author Sunni Brown will facilitate these two days of discussions.

KALS occurs directly before John Slatin AccessU 2017, which runs May 17–18 at St. Edwards University. This well-established event provides tools that can immediately be put to use by designers, developers, project managers, administrators, and anyone who is responsible for online content and development. John Slatin Access U teaches these skills in an interactive and communal environment where you will learn everything you need to know about integrating accessibility into your company.

Course offerings for John Slatin AccessU 2017 include: Accessibility 101: Beginner’s Basics, Annual Accessibility Legal Update, Accessible Office — Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Accessible PDF Documents, Accessible iOS Development, Building Accessibility into Design, Designing Accessible Forms and Tables, Mobile Accessibility, Accessible User Experience Design Studio, Practical Accessibility Testing Tools for Everyone, Usability Testing for People with Disabilities, and much more!

If you can’t attend either of these two events in Austin in May, then pleased consider donating to Knowbility and thereby helping to improve technology access to all.

Hugh Forrest tries to write four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts generally cover technology-related trends. When not attempting to wordsmith or meditating, he serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW in Austin.


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