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Building an Accessible Community

Building an Accessible Community

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.

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Jenny Wong

July 10, 2016
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  1. BUILDING AN ACCESSIBLE COMMUNITY Jenny Wong

  2. @miss_jwo Community addict

  3. WordCamp London 2016

  4. Diversity

  5. Diversity

  6. Inclusivity

  7. 100% organiser buy in

  8. Accessibility at the core

  9. Size of event does not matter

  10. None
  11. 1. Content Cost: free

  12. Wording

  13. Gender neutral pronouns

  14. Tone of voice

  15. Understand the differences in accessibility terms

  16. Imagery

  17. Show what you want to see

  18. Proof read

  19. 2. Child care Cost: £2344

  20. None
  21. Don’t do it yourself

  22. Bring in professionals

  23. Vet the professionals

  24. Have a parent you trust talk to them

  25. Meet them in person

  26. Get testimonials & follow through

  27. Get testimonials & follow through

  28. 3. Space planning Cost: Free

  29. Wheel chair accessible

  30. Hearing loops

  31. Lactation room

  32. Quiet room

  33. Media room

  34. Multi-faith room

  35. Sprint room

  36. Break out spaces

  37. Overflow areas

  38. 4. Signage Cost: £3500

  39. Atmosphere & self-support

  40. You will need more signage than you think

  41. Self-support

  42. Bright & eye catching

  43. Use a reading friendly font

  44. Bigger than you realise

  45. Hang above head level

  46. Brand them

  47. Signage takes more time to put up than you realise

  48. Pre-organise signage

  49. Blank branded signage

  50. Chisel tip marker pens

  51. Volunteer T-shirts

  52. 5. Scheduling Cost: Free

  53. Turn over

  54. Wheelchair users

  55. Injuries

  56. Children

  57. 5 minute breathers

  58. Air the room

  59. Back of house lunch

  60. 6. Live captions Cost: £5,218.70

  61. None
  62. Hard of hearing

  63. Accents

  64. Extra A/V considerations

  65. Have a secondary monitor for speakers

  66. 7. Bathrooms Cost: £50

  67. De-gendered Toilets

  68. De-gendered Toilets

  69. Stalls

  70. “Life Essentials” boxes

  71. Open lid box & personal note

  72. Tampons & towels in different sizes

  73. Have extra to refill

  74. 8. Tickets Cost: Free

  75. Ask for dietary requirements

  76. Accept that swag was an option, not given

  77. Ask if anyone needs sign language

  78. 9. Opening Remarks Cost: Free

  79. Events bring different cultures together

  80. Set the tone

  81. Empower your organisers & volunteers

  82. 10. Social Cost: £5860

  83. Non- alcohol centric

  84. Eat before you drink

  85. Drinks tokens only given out after you got your evening

    meal
  86. Give the attendees something to do

  87. Retro games

  88. Drinks menu posters

  89. Non-alcoholic drinks listed first

  90. Quieter space to talk

  91. None
  92. There’s more to do Cost: Time

  93. Accessibility is a first class citizen

  94. Expectation

  95. Any improvement is better than no improvements

  96. WordCamp London 2016 Cavalry

  97. Questions? Ask me later: jenny@hmn.md or @miss_jwo