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Building an Accessible Community

by Jenny Wong

Published July 10, 2016 in Technology

This talk was given at Community Camp at the UN in NYC.
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We talk about accessibility a lot when we write code, whether that is writing good documentation, comment blocks or creating a good user experience. When it comes to our user groups and events, accessibility is not usually on the forefront of our minds.

At WordCamp London, the organising team ensured that accessibility was a key goal of the event. We wanted to see how far we could push being accessible and how much effort it would take.

This talk is about the challenges of organising an accessible event, including how we degendered content, added child care facilities and helped the hard of hearing. We will look at the cost of each accessible feature, explore the unexpected benefits of an accessible event and discuss the lessons were learnt on the way.