613 - The Best of Everyday Accessibility Tools
According to the US Bureau of Lab Statistics in 2018, 19.1 percent of the employed population has a disability. That's 1 out of every 5 individuals. Until recently, addressing accessibility in courses typically was a retroactive process where designers review existing curriculum after they have been developed and try to shoehorn accessibility solutions into the existing product. As our community moves towards incorporating accessibility standards from the onset of design and development, we must find ways of proactively including accessibility along the way. What kind of tools are available to help us create the most accessible content? There are so many tools that do the same thing, which one is the "best"?
In this session, you'll learn how to create a toolkit of accessibility tools that you can integrate into your everyday design and development process. You'll start with a very brief overview of universal design to provide context. You'll then learn what type of tools you'll need to have a well-rounded toolkit and how those tools will help you in your work. Next, you'll be presented with a list of the most popular tools in each category (auditory, visual, mobile) and our recommendations on which ones will help you the most as you create 508 compliant courses. Finally, you'll see examples of how these tools can be used in-flow and get tips on how to get the most out of each of the tools.
In this session, you will learn:
- About the tools needed to have a comprehensive accessibility toolkit
- About most common sources of accessibility issues in your courses
- How to sort through the large number of tools available to select the one that best fit you're your work
- How you can integrate accessibility tools into your day-to-day processes
Designers, developers, managers
SiteImprove, Spectrum, Wave, Colour Contrast Checker, aXe Developer Tools, Rev, Dynomapper, Cynthia Says, Google Accessibility Developer, Jaws, Adobe Products, Microsoft Products