CSUN International Accessibility Conference

San Diego, CA - This week, Yahoo! accessibility experts will participate at various panels at the 25th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, CA.

We will also feature an unprecedented opportunity to experience the conference from an entirely new perspective, that of a guide dog named Pecan. Originally created at an internal Yahoo! Hack Day, everyone, at CSUN and worldwide, gets to see Pecan's point of view. Accompanied by her owner, Lucia, Pecan will carry a camera on her harness that will take pictures of CSUN every 30 seconds and send them wirelessly to this SeeingY's flickr photostream. Some photographs with comments are selectively tweeted to Pecan's Twitter stream. (Thanks to Victor Tsaran, Ted Drake, and YDN's community manager Robyn Tippins for their handiwork in developing this prototype.)

The following Yahoo! accessibility experts will deliver presentations: Victor Tsaran, Yahoo! Senior Accessibility Program Manager; Nicholas Zakas, Principal Front-End Engineer; and Artur Ortega, Yahoo! Accessibility Evangelist from Yahoo! Europe.

  • The New Yahoo! Home Page: Challenging the Challenge of Accessibility - Learn about the accessibility process and techniques incorporated into the new Yahoo! homepage. Both technical and organizational topics will be discussed. Victor Tsaran and Nicholas Zakas; Thursday, March 25, 3:10-4:10 PM PST; Madeleine AB PC Lab.
  • Importance of Accessibility for a Successful and Future-Proof Business - An analysis based on recent studies about the benefits of accessibility for a robust internet business, with a focus on future-proof revenue. Artur Ortega; Saturday, March 27, 10:40-11:40 AM PST; Annie AB.

Also attending are Alan Brightman, our Senior Policy Director, and Srinivasu Chakravarthula, Accessibility Program Manager from Yahoo! India. Brightman has been called the father of computer accessibility and helped launched Yahoo!'s Accessibility Lab. Chakravarthula is coming to CSUN from Bangalore and has a wealth of knowledge around accessibility initiatives in the emerging markets.

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.

To learn more about Yahoo!'s Accessibility Lab, please see the recent videos of our accessibility lab in Sunnyvale, CA:

So come and meet us, or watch out for us on the flickr stream!

Artur Ortega
Accessibility Evangelist, Yahoo! Europe Ltd.