Hello again Manchester!
We’re delighted to return for our third event in 2023. We’ll continue the conversation with our community to network and explore the topic of accessibility to coincide with GAAD (Global Accessibility Awareness Day).
The event is kindly hosted and sponsored by Co Op. Join us from 5.30pm for food, drinks and networking. The event will start at 6pm.
5.30pm – 6.00pm – Networking, food and drinks
6.00pm – 6.10pm – Intro from Co Op and the NUX team
6.10pm – 6.45pm – Never Nail Accessibility Jelly To A Wall Again (Gareth Ford Williams – Accessibility Strategist)
|To be successfully delivered, accessibility has to be a fundamental requirement of all aspects of a project including; Content Production, UX and UI Design, Branding Systems, Organisational Culture, Technology Decisions and Data Collection, and as such it can have a mind boggling number of moving parts.
Even though Accessibility significantly impacts over 20% of every customer base, it can be difficult to integrate without piling even more processes on top of existing processes. But as it is an all pervasive horizontal function, it should be variable in every design, content and technical decision made, without stifling progress.This is the combined challenge of every organisation’s Accessibility Leader and every product team’s Project Manager.
Because of compliance, Accessibility can get treated as just a stage within a process, often tacked toward the final stages within a product development lifecycle, when it is too late to be effective. Accessibility can then end up relying on auditing which is disruptive and inefficient both in terms of the audit itself but also in terms of lost resources and time spent in remediation, and time spent on classroom based training.
There must be a better way? This is a question Gareth has been wrestling with for 20 years.
Gareth founded both the Digital Accessibility (managed for 18 years) and the Design Research teams at the BBC and was a Head of UX Design for over 12 years.
At first it seemed like an insurmountable task, it was all jelly, but by focusing on making accessibility efficient, effective, scalable and sustainable, for his last 8 years at the BBC his team neither carried out nor needed to commission an audit anywhere on the estate. And at the same time the BBC was held-up as the industry benchmark for accessible online Journalism, VOD Services, Mobile Applications, Podcasting, Children’s Games, Online Education Programmes and more.
How is that possible?
Gareth will talk about what he has learned about effective and efficient accessibility integration for any organisation regardless of size or complexity. He will map key activities into a typical product development process highlighting what activities should happen, when they should happen, what the challenges are, and how to ensure long lasting returns on your organisation’s investment in inclusion.
6.45pm – 7.00pm – Break
7.00pm – 7.45pm – Debate Club (Co Op Design)
|Debate Club is a ‘fishbowl’ style facilitated debate that can revolve around any topic. It’s a fun and friendly atmosphere where participants leave feeling energised and inspired.
Facilitated by Suhail Hussain, Jack Fletcher and Thomas Burrows
7.45pm – Wrap up and after social at The Sadler’s Cat
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How to find us
By car – Located a short walk from the Printworks in Manchester. There’s several car parks situated nearby. Click here to see a list of nearby car parks.
By train – Manchester Victoria is the closest train station, which is a short two minute walk to Angel Square.
By tram or bus – The closest tram and bus station is Shudehill which is a short minute walk to Angel Square.
We’re excited to announce we’ve teamed up with Pip Decks and Rosenfeld Media and have some great prizes to giveaway on the evening.