Let's Get Accessible!

Join us for a series of lightning talks discussing digital accessibility and the needs and preferences of users with disabilities.

What's it all about?

Come and enjoy an evening of lightning talks discussing the following accessibility topics:

Topic 1: Towards Possibility!

Living in a VUCA world where volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity are the norm, nothing has made this clearer to us than the dramatic impact of COVID 19. To create a truly accessible society for all we need a new way to think about the world, and that new frame is the Possibility world view!

Topic 2: Moving from Accessibility Guidelines to Documentation Driven Development
Discussion of BBC's shift to using a more component based approach to accessibility.

Topic 3: Even Old Typists …
A professional communicator, speaker and former typist who resisted changing her inaccessible ways for many years until she found sound, logical reasons to do so. Now j keen to pass those reasons onto you.

Topic 4: Top 5 a11y mistakes I used to make
Common mistakes that many make when getting started in addressing accessibility within large teams and how to avoid them.

Topic 5: Why yes, I also need a screen reader
Lived experience of a sighted screen reader user and how he has used his condition to an advantage.

Topic 6: Finding the needle in the haystack: Helping web accessibility practitioners understand and deliver on accessibility
Guidelines for making websites accessible to people with diverse abilities have been published in New Zealand for nearly 20 years. For the last 17 years, it’s been mandatory for core NZ government organisations to meet requirements for accessibility. Despite this, and even though digital accessibility is crucial to the health, safety and human rights of disabled people, year after year public sector websites fail to meet the requirements, continuing to provide government information and services with basic and critical accessibility issues. Looking at this problem from the perspective of practitioners, 3 questions Tamsin’s team are seeking to answer will be discussed.

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Wednesday 29 Jul
6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Minnie Baragwanath

Chief Possibility Officer/Founder of Global Centre of Possibility @ AUT

Minnie and her team and board established Be. Accessible, a social change agency committed to the creation of a 100% accessible New Zealand which led to the transformation into the Be. Lab and established what was to become the Centre of Possibility @ AUT. Minnie has been awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit, the Sir Peter Blake Leadership Award, the Westpac Women of Influence Diversity award, the 2019 Zonta Centenary women’s award and was placed as a top 10 finalist for the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

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Gareth Ford Williams

Head of UX Design @ BBC, focusing on Accessibility and Universality Message

In 2004 Gareth joined BBC New Media (now BBC Future Media) where he founded the Digital Accessibility Team.

Over the next 2 years The Accessibility Team developed the BBC's Accessibility Standards V1.0 for bbc.co.uk, the research which enabled subtitling and Audio Description on BBC iPlayer, the BBC’s online subtitling editorial guidelines and ensured the BBC iPlayer (v1 and v2) was the most accessible online VOD service in the world, launching with full screen reader access, subtitles, signed content and on v2 the first Audio Described content.

In 2008 Gareth moved from online to IPTV accessibility. He became the Accessibility Specialist in the product team for Project Canvas, which later became YouView.

In May 2011 he returned to the BBC to re-bulid the Usability and Accessibility Teams and since 2012 has headed up the Accessibility Team full-time.

Gareth sits on several internal management groups including; the diversity groups for the BBC North and BBC Future Media Divisions, Future Media's Senior Leadership Team and the Creative Leadership team, as well as pan-BBC groups for Accessibility

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Kylee Maloney

Professional Speaker and Communicator on Inclusive Events and Accessible Documents

Kylee is a keen and experienced Toastmaster, an international award-winning former broadcaster and access evangelist who also uses assistive technology.

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Maz Hermon

UI Implementation practice lead for TradeMe

Maz is passionate about the web and enjoys continuously learning about ways to create performant, accessible, enjoyable and usable solutions for the web. He is currently working on a large Angular project as part of a large team with Trade Me, including main site, the supporting design system & component library which has been built from the ground up over the past four+ years.

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Carl Non

Coach, Scrum Master and Tester at ASB

Carl is an experienced Coach, Scrum Master and Tester which includes working with Government based clients, banks, insurance companies and the construction industry. His approach is balanced with understanding the struggles that technical teams could face, while also still placing an emphasis on what works for them rather than applying a "one size fits all" approach.

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Tamsin Ewing

Content Designer and Web Accessibility Advisor at Department of Internal Affairs (NZ)

Tamsin has over 10 years’ experience working on public sector websites. Her work is informed by principles in design thinking, design sprints, UX, inclusive design and service design. She’s currently a content designer and web accessibility advisor at the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) in Wellington. This year, she’s leading an initiative to improve guidance on meeting the NZ Government Web Accessibility Standard so that digital information and services are accessible to all.


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