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Enterprise level tools and solutions for Accessibility – WorldSpace, Amaze and Deque University – Presentation at Techshare India 2016

Disclaimer: This full text is work in progress so some part would be missing.

This has been presented by Glenda Sims and Srinivasu Chakravarthula at Techshare India 2016 on 4th March, 2016. Slides are available on Slideshare and also embedded below:

Good morning, everyone! hope you are having a good time in this sunny city of New Delhi… It is wonderful to meet many of my old friends from across the country and several new faces. Thank you all for joining us. In next 30 to 40 minutes, we will walk you through Enterprise level of accessibility tools and learning solutions.

But before we get started, a quick introduction to both of us… Glenda, why not you introduce yourself?

I’m Glenda Sims, a11y Team lead at Deque Systems. I help organization to set up testing methodology, processes and am responsible for ensuring quality of our work. I’m also associated with Knowability – a company run by my a11y mom, Sharon Rush. Knowability spreads a lot of awareness about accessibility and conducts usability testing for customers to evaluate their products for accessibility. Prior to joining Deque, I worked at University of Texas, helped building accessibility practice at the University. I’m @goodwitch on Twitter. With this, let me hand over back to Srini

… and I’m Srinivasu, works at Deque. accessibility is not only my career but something close to my heart. While working at Deque, I am also a participant of WCAG Working group and accessibility in India Community Group of W3C. I volunteer on the board of The National Association for the Blind, Karnataka Branch to help them improve their IT and empllyment related services. Besides these, I love writing blogs, reading literature, swimming, listens to classical music. Source of my joy are my wife Hema and our 2 years daughter! We are expecting an addition to our family later in this year.

As I said, next 40 minutes, my colleague Glenda and I’ll walk you through some cool accessibility testing tools, discuss how you may fix accessibility problems and finally show you a path to learn about accessibility. We call this presentation as FFL – Find it, Fix it and Learn it!

OK, let’s get started and to begin with, here we talk about aXe. aXe is an innovation by Deque last year. aXe is an accessibility engine, it’s a JavaScript library with WCAG rulesets that can run on any of your frameworks and browser of your choice. It’s light weight, open source.

aXe is an easy to use tool, categorized results are displayed based on the ruleset, consistant and reliable results are shown, false positives rate is minimal and most importantly, it’s secure… runs on your local development server and browser that you use for other functional and unit tests. All of these above, aXe is open source and can be integrated with any testing framework that you choose such as selinium, cucumber, mocha, QUnit, Jasmine etc.,

aXe extensions are already available for Firefox and Chrome. As we say it, these extensions are easy to use. All you need to do is that load your page, choose Accessibility from Developer submenu of tools (Firefox) and hit on “Analyze” button. aXe will load results and you have flexibility to view issue, source code, highlight on the page to see where the issue is etc.,

It’s amazing to see some of the mainstream corporates have integrated aXe into their testing frameworks. A couple of them are PayPal has integrated aXe into one of their open source work “Automated Accessibility Testing Tool” and Microsoft has integrated into their framework “Varlon.js and aXe”

Alright, we found and we have fixed, now let’s look at how to learn. Question: Have any of you attended any accessibility training?

Great… we have an exciting platform for you to learn accessibility. Deque has made a good amount of investment on creating Deque University. This has a loads of courses ranging from basics to advanced level.

Deque University has eLearning modules that enable you to learn at your pace, learn on your own, learn from wide range of topics and most interestly, subscription to Deque University will enable you to have course contents as handy reference at anytime you may need. Even we use this documentation on daily basis while working with our customers.

In addition to eLearning modules, Deque University also offer wide range of instructor-led courses including writing accessible HTML / CSS, accessibility of modern web components, accessibility testing techniques, accessibility testing with screen readers, mobile accessibility and much more… Plus Deque University also offer courses on creating accessible PDF document.

Oh, we have an exciting announcement for you. Starting today, for next 3 months, Deque University offers “Web Accessibility Fundamentals” course for FREE. Use code “TechShareIndiaTrail2016” to avail the FREE course. Remember this offer will expire on 2nd June, 2016. Hope you all will benefit with this opportunity.

We offer our instructor-led trainings both at customer’s location or to avoid logistical issues, we also offer virtual trainings. In addition to specific trainings, we also do conduct open enrollment workshops each quarter. For this year, we are planning open enrollment courses happening in the months of May (during Global Accessibility Awareness Day), August and November. All of these events will happen in Hyderabad.

Before I give charge back to Glenda and let her talk about exciting IAAP certification, I just wanted to bring up and tell you all about Accessibility in India Community group at W3C. Thanks Shilpi for creating this platform and here we meet once in two weeks and discuss things related to accessibility. This will be a great platform for you to share and learn tons of things about accessibility. I encourage you all to join in and spread the word. Over to you, Glenda!

Okay… I’m really excited about upcoming IAAP Certification. The first one will be at base level and will be held on 22nd March, 2016 at San Diego. I’m so excited that this is happening around CSUN conference. As I have contributed preparation of questions for this certification program, I am not eligible to take the examination for next 3 years. Those people who are not at CSUN will have an opportunity to take the examination later part of the year at different centers.

Thank you all for joining us and you may visit us at, sign up for courses on Follow Deque on Twitter – @DequeSystems, You may look up for @goodwitch for Glenda and @CSrinivasu for myself to follow on Twitter.

Thanks again and see you around! Don’t forget to drop by our stall to experience our products!

IAAP Access, Techshare India 2016 and CSUN

IAAP Access 2015

October 2015 will witness the first Annual conference of International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) titled IAAP Access; will be held at The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort and Spa, Henderson, NV from October 21 – 23, 2015.

From this inaugural conference, one can expect to get:

During the conference, you can expect to:

  • Network with other professionals from around the world focusing on accessibility topics and implementation
  • Hear from accessibility experts during keynote sessions, interactive education sessions and in-depth workshops
  • Meet with leading product and service providers in the Exhibit Hall
  • Learn how to enhance your career path in the field

There would be an interesting keynote session titled Future Trends – The Impact on the Accessibility Industry & the Profession – a panel discussion consist of highly experienced industry experts and moderated by Tom Wlodkowski, Vice President, Accessibility of Camcast.

There is also a wonderful session to discuss The WAI Cognitive Accessibility Task Force – What to Expect by Lisa Seeman, Co-Founder, Athena ICT; Task Force Facilitator for the Cognitive Accessibility Task Force of the W3C, IBM.

This inaugural conference also has a great list of Concurrent sessions

In addition, conference also hosts a few Pre conference workshops to enable participants to gain in-depth understanding about topics that are covered in the event.

This would be a fantastic opportunity for accessibility enthusiasts across the world to network, learn from each other and grab potential opportunities.

Techshare India 2016

Techshare India is one of my favorite events and perhaps only largest conference on Accessibility and exhibition on assistive technologies happens in India with global participation. Started 2008, Techshare India is a bi-annual event to spread the word about accessibility and assistive technologies.

4th Edition of Techshare India will be held on 3rd and 4th of March, 2016 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Call for papers for Techshare India 2016 are currently open and last date to submit abstract(s) is: 30th September, 2016.

About Techshare India

Access to information and communication technologies is very essential for the growth of every individual and the community as a whole. A digitally inclusive society ensures equal participation by every citizen and is therefore very critical for the overall economic development of the nation.

Techshare India 2016, sets out to address issues of access and use of ICT, mobile, TV, Video, Kiosks, wearable technologies and all the new technologies that each one of us is embracing on a day to day basis.

There are four critical challenges in enhancing the usage of inclusive technology amongst governments, corporates, education institutes and people with disabilities. These are:

  • Awareness
  • Access
  • Ability
  • Application

I was fortunate enough to have worked on this conference when Techshare India happened for the first time in 2008 and also was able be of some help in 2010 and 2014. In addition, got an opportunity to speak at this wonderful conference in 2010, 2012 and 2014; of course have submitted my abstract for this time as well!

Looking forward to meeting some of you at Techshare India.

CSUN 2016

31st edition of CSUN Technology and Persons with Disabilities conference will be held from 21 – 26 March, 2016 at The Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Diego,

CSUN is one of the largest conference and exhibition on technology and persons with disabilities and attended by about 4000 people every year.

About CSUN Conference

For 30 years, the Center on Disabilities, through the Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference, has provided an inclusive setting for researchers, practitioners, exhibitors, end users, speakers and other participants to share knowledge and best practices in the field of assistive technology. In 2015, the conference drew more than 4,800 people to San Diego. Known as a forum that showcases cutting edge technology and practical solutions that can be utilized to remove the barriers that prevent the full participation of persons with disabilities in educational, workplace and social settings, the conference is the largest of its kind in the world.

Thanks to Yahoo, I have attended CSUN in 2010 and 2011 and in fact, presented 2 papers in 2011.

Currently General Call for papers – CSUN are open and last date to submit an abstract is 25th September, 2015. So hurry up!

To conclude, I highly recommend all these three events for anyone who cares for accessibility.