Perth Web Accessibility Camp 2018, in sketchnotes

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I love the idea of a future where tech can be an enabler, rather than an inhibitor, for people with different abilities. Being part of creating an accessible web has been an important part of my digital design work for some time now, so I jumped at the chance to attend the 2018 Perth Web Accessibility Camp.

I’m still not great at the sketching part of sketchnotes — mine usually consist of scrawled key phrases, so may not make sense to anyone other than myself — but here they are! Please note that the amount of notes is in no way indicative of the quality of the talk — some included incredible live demonstrations or videos that really can’t be captured in this style of notes. Please keep an eye on the Perth Web Accessibility Camp page for links to the speakers’ slides.

David Masters gave a keynote on inclusive design


Clint & Troy on Bankwest's accessibility journey Greg and Erika on browsers keeping up with screen readersDr Scott Hollier on the Internet of Things Amanda Mace on accessible gaming Vithya on surround sound for accessibilityZel on good practise in website design for screenreadersJason O'Neil on design systems and accessible colours Ayesha Patterson on seeing the world through a phone using Seeing AI app Kammi Rapsey with a DADAA case study Matthew Putland on accessible documents Amanda B on changing content culture at the Department of Education and Training Dr Vivienne Conway on the web beyond WCAG 2.0

It was particularly inspiring and eye-opening to see live demonstrations of screen readers and the Seeing AI app, and how potentially empowering tech like this is for people with vision impairments. Frequent screen-reader users listen to words so fast that to me it just sounds like gibberish, and they had to slow it down significantly for us to understand it. It really makes you consider what it must be like to live in a world where interfaces and interactions are built for different abilities than yours!

Note: I know that these sketchnotes are not particularly accessible, as they’re images of handwritten words in a sort of jumbled order. If you have suggestions on how I can improve this, feel free to let me know!

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