Responsive design focuses on the ability of an interactive layout to adapt to any user’s screen. Such optimization makes it easier to read and navigate the content on different screen sizes but how does this impact accessibility? What is the impact of responsive design to individuals employing assistive technology on different platforms? How do responsive design and accessibility work best together? Moderated by Michael J Young of the ADO, panelists will include Darcy Clarke and Vincent Galante RGD of The Pixel Shop.
Michael J Young RGD
Michael is an information officer and in-house designer for the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario (ADO). In this role, he provides accessible design solutions for tools and resources to help organizations meet Ontario’s accessibility standards. Michael also helps partner government ministries and private sector studios create engaging designs that are both AODA compliant and user-friendly.
Darcy is an award-winning front-end developer, designer, user experience advocate and entrepreneur. He speaks, mentors, builds and promotes all things HTML5, CSS3, JS & open-source related.
Vincent Galante RGD
Vincent is a veteran of the online industry with over 16 years of experience in internet strategy, interaction design, and digital marketing. He has played a key role in the creation of websites, applications and campaigns for some of Canada’s most prominent brands and companies, across a wide range of sectors. Well-suited to the chaotic climate of the digital world, he is known for creating innovative solutions to digital communications challenges. Vince holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts (Visual Art) from York University and is a member of The Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD).
Janis has over 10 years of professional experience as a multi-disciplinary Digital Designer. She has worked at Rogers Digital Media and Metroland Media advocating web and usability standards. In the latter, she had a key role as a self-made accessibility specialist. She currently works at Influitive as a User Experience Designer.
George has been working in digital accessibility for over 8 years. As an accessibility specialist at Facebook, he leads accessibility testing across Facebook’s products & platforms, keeping an eye on scaling web & mobile accessibility in product teams. Prior to joining Facebook, he led the technical solutions for accessibility at Scotiabank. At Good Wally, he helps select clients strategize & build accessibility into their web products.
George is passionate about bringing the accessibility community together. He is a co-organizer of the annual Toronto Accessibility Camp and the founder & co-organizer of the Toronto Accessibility & Inclusive Design group.