Accessibility need not be an afterthought or a negative. It's good design that makes sense for everyone, and it can be fun, too.
Accessibility development and testing has, for too long, lived in the realm of government mandates and avoiding lawsuits. Allowing users with disabilities to access information is an excellent goal, but we have to stop looking at it as a negative. We as programmers and testers have a golden opportunity to make this a totally different conversation. Mobile devices and their proliferation are leading the way in changing the conversation. Accessible need not be ugly. It can be fantastic. Everyone benefits with good Accessible design.In this talk I will discuss ways that we can change the conversation around making software that works for everyone, and introduce you to methods that can help you take your programming and testing to new heights.
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[BIO] Michael Larsen
Michael is a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer with Socialtext in Palo Alto, California, USA. Over the past two decades, he has been involved in software testing for network routers & switches, virtual machines, capacitance touch devices, video games, and client/server, distributed database & web applications.Michael is a Black Belt in the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing, President of the Association for Software Testing (AST), a lead instructor of the Black Box Software Testing, and a founder and facilitator of the Americas chapter of Weekend Testing.