Lindsey runs the DisabledInTech slack channel.
For Web accessibility, see https://www.w3.org/WAI/fundamentals/accessibility-intro/ as a good intro. There are standards to help with accessibility and for many government instances, they’re mandatory.
Disabilities are often grouped in: visual, auditory, motor/physical, cognitive/neurological, language/speech.
There are other (more inclusive!) ways to group: permanent (born blind), temporary (like just being sick!), acquired (like ageing), societal (like lefthandedness). Notice how this comes much closer?
There are alternative input/output tools. Braille displays, eye trackers, foot pedals instead of mouse buttons, etc.
Important: think deeper. Categories can be desceptively simple. Users don’t always fall into just one category.
The above list might make it look like accessibility is easy. It often isn’t.
How do I implement accessibility?
There are more advantages to accessibillity: good accessibility means good code!. You use the right header levels, for instance. Your css is clean. Google likes you, as the google crawler basically reads like a braille reader does.
There are browser extensions you can use to help you with it (see this older summary for some pointers).
The slides will be at https://dragun.tech/djangoconeu
Photo explanation: details like a railing and some left-over pallets make it look realistic.
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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