The Yahoo! Accessibility Lab will have a large presence at the 26th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) in San Diego March 14-19. Last year the Lab featured Pecan, the photographing guide dog. This year we'll be giving a wide variety of presentations on accessibility and technology
|Emerging Assistive Technologies||Dynamic Keyboard Generation for Single Switch Users||March 16 8:00 AM||Aramys Miranda||The Yahoo! Accessibility Lab and Yahoo! Prototype Team have developed dynamic onscreen keyboards and a scrolling web page interaction for users with severe mobility impairments.|
|Web Accessibility||Accessibility Challenges of HTML5||March 16 8:00 AM||Ted Drake||HTML5 allows web pages to perform like native applications. This lecture details how the HTML5 specifications solve many accessibility issues, and introduce new challenges.|
|Yahoo! Mail: An Accessible Hub for Your Connected Life||March 16 10:40 AM||Todd Kloots and Jonathan Snook||The new Yahoo! Mail provides a consolidated, accessible UI for the most popular methods of communication, from Facebook & Twitter to IM and SMS.|
|Role of Engineering Best Practices to Create an Inclusive World||March 16 1:50 PM||Srinivasu Chakravarthula||This session discusses common misconceptions that an engineer will have towards developing accessible websites.|
|Next generation web accessibility : Improvement of usability for disabled users||March 17 8:00 AM||Jose Artur Antao Ortega||This lecture provides best practices used at Yahoo! for increasing the usability of web pages for disabled users.|
|Need for Web Accessibility in Developing Countries||March 17 4:20 PM||Srinivasu Chakravarthula||This presentation discusses the importance of accessibility in today's developing countries.|
|How to control your finances with accessible tools on Yahoo! Finance||March 18 10:40 AM||Dirk Ginader||Yahoo! Finance, the largest and most popular financial web site, features accessible tools to control your finances. Learn how to use these tools and what makes them accessible.|
Like most conferences, the presentations are only a small part of the gathering's power. The Yahoo! Accessibility Lab will also participate in the CSUN Tweetup and various discussions about ARIA, browsers, assistive technology, and the future of accessibility.
Yahoo! is advancing efforts to make our sites and services accessible to everyone. With approximately 650 million people living with disabilities worldwide, providing accessible web services is good for our users and good for Yahoo!'s business. Yahoo!'s Accessibility Lab plays an integral role in educating web designers, product managers, engineers, and marketers across the company on the importance of Web accessibility.