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Day 1, Tuesday April 4


08:00 - 09:00 Plenary session, ground floor

Introduction for beginners (outside of the conference)

If you feel the Accessibility Days are a bit too advanced, we offer a short run through of the basics of accessibility just before the event starts. This introduction to web accessibility in 60 minutes is your oportunity to learn the most important things – very fast!

Price: 160 EUROS per person.

08:30 - 09:30

Welcome to register and have a cup of coffee before the conference

09:30 - 11:30 Plenary session, ground floor

European laws and regulations, an update

The Accessibility Days always begin with a joint session where we will hear prominent speakers from the European Commission and national governments present about the current and up coming Web Directive and the Public Procurement Directive. The session ends with Funka putting regulations and requirements in perspective and gives practical advice.

Speakers are not yet confirmed.

11:30 - 12:30

Lunch is served on the ground floor

12:30 - 13:10 Track 1, ground floor

Accessibility pep talk

Moa Glantz and
Hampus Sethfors, Funka

A beautiful presentation full of good examples. Through the years, Funka has helped hundreds of organizations with their work on accessibility. We have encountered many successful projects and projects that changed the entire organization. In this inspirational lecture we discuss a variety of practical examples of how small changes in work methods and increased user involvement can make a big difference and lead to a more accessible and inclusive interface.

Moa Glantz. Photo

Moa Glantz is an accessibility and UX-expert at Funka. She examines interfaces, perform user testing and provides support in terms of technical and pedagogical accessibility and interaction design.

Hampus Sethfors. Photo

Hampus Sethfors is an accessibility and UX-expert at Funka. He is a popular trainer with extensive experience in assistive technology and apps. Hampus provides support in terms of technical and pedagogical accessibility, conducting analyzes and user tests.

12:30 - 13:10 Track 2, upstairs

It will happen soon: WCAG 2.1 is on the way!

Andrew Kirkpatrick, Adobe

An update to WCAG 2.0 is in the works and the new version, WCAG 2.1, is expected to be published mid-2018. The development of WCAG 2.1 will focus on existing gaps in WCAG 2.0, particularly issues related to touch interfaces, small screen sizes, and issues impacting users with low vision and cognitive disabilities. This talk will share updates on the progress, what is expected to stay the same and what may change, and what the future after WCAG 2.1 may look like.

Andrew Kirkpatrick. Photo

Andrew Kirkpatrick has worked with the accessibility of Adobe since 2005, he is currently responsible for overall strategy and management regarding Adobe's accessibility work, including standards and programs. Along with Joshue O Connor, Andrew is Chair of the WCAG Working Group. The work means that he leads the working group, coordinates the various sub-groups and sets the direction for future development. Andrew is a member of the board of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, IAAP.

13:15 - 14:00 Track 1, ground floor

Illustrating the point: How to use images as an effective communication tool

Cordelia McGee-Tubb, Dropbox

Creative use of illustration, icons, and other images can make web content more engaging and dynamic. How can you ensure these graphics convey consistent meaning to a diverse audience? Using principles from comics and universal design, this presentation will explore challenges and techniques for effectively incorporating images in a way that resonates with audiences across varying cultural contexts, languages, and abilities.

Cordelia McGee-Tubb. Photo

Cordelia McGee-Tubb is an accessibility-focused web developer and designer, most recently leading Dropbox’s accessibility initiatives. An advocate for digital literacy, Cordelia teaches computer and internet skills to senior citizens. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Comics, is working on her first comic book, and also collects hats shaped like food.

13:15 - 14:00 Track 2, upstairs

How do you use the latest technology in the best way possible?

Glenn Husom and
Torbjørn Helland Solhaug, Funka

HTML5, script and WAI-ARIA are powerful tools that can create sensational interfaces. They are also packed with accessibility enhancing technologies. Nevertheless, or perhaps because of it, there are plenty of examples on how modern technologies becomes an accessibility barrier despite developers moving in with a great deal of enthusiasm. Funkas experts will break down the problems and show good examples.

Glenn Husom. Photo

Glenn Husom is an accessibility and UX-expert at Funka. He works with interaction design, accessible PDF-documents, user tests and review of technical and pedagogical accessibility. Glenn keeps feeding the office with wonderful cookies and has competed as pastry cook in Norwegian TV.

Torbjørn Helland Solhaug. Photo

Torbjørn Helland Solhaug is an accessibility and UX-expert at Funka. He provides support in terms of technical and pedagogical accessibility, tests interfaces and participates in research projects. Torbjørn leads Funkas longtime support assignment with ULOBA and is a popular lecturer.

14:00 - 14:15

Coffee break, on both floors

14:15 - 14:55 Track 1, ground floor

Can a UX-designer ensure good UX?

Oskar Gustafsson, Funka

Managers, project owners and project leaders is finally starting to understand the value of UX competence. But it is not enough to let the UX-designer take care of everything related to the interface. Good UX is all about the big picture, and there are many parts that must work together. It may be sufficient that a seemingly small part fails, to make the UX poor, despite the fact that everything else seem right. In this lecture, you will learn how you can avoid pitfalls and ensure that the result is just as good as you want it to be!

Oskar Gustafsson. Photo

Oskar Gustafsson is an accessibility and UX-expert at Funka. He is a popular project manager and leads the interaction design team at Funka in web development projects and performs workshops and develops concepts. He also manages the network of local governments lead by Funka.

14:15 - 14:55 Track 2, upstairs

Building a Practice of Accessibility UX Design

Jesse Beach, Facebook

At Facebook, we talk about scaling accessibility. We expect the influence of our team to grow faster than the size of our team. Through process and tools, we push responsibility for accessibility support to product builders so that our team can focus on innovating. In the time we win back, we are shifting accessibility from remediation work to UX design. And the next version of ARIA gives us tools to improve page navigation and endless list traversal.

Jesse Beach. Photo

Jesse Beach's technology career started in linguistic research, shifted to UX design and then landed solidly in front end development. At Facebook, she channels her energies into building rock solid, beautiful and accessible interfaces. And whenever possible, Jesse staunchly advocates for diversity and inclusion in technology.

15:00 - 15:40 Plenary session, ground floor

User-driven innovation creates good accessibility

Daniel Forslund, Stockholm Region

There are great opportunities for the public sector to drive strategic IT issues with innovative approaches. For digital services to be effective, both external and internal perspectives are required. Within the Stockholm County Council, this is done in particular by inviting both patients and healthcare professionals to contribute early in design and development. In this way, innovation in digital services is based on user needs and support internal operations.

Daniel Forslund. Photo

Daniel Forslund is a councilor for the Liberal party in the Stockholm County Council. As Sweden's first Innovation councilor, he has a political responsibility for many of the health care issues of the future, such as ICT development, medical devices, eHealth, patient-oriented services and innovation of healthcare practices, organization and management. Daniel was formerly chief strategist at the Swedish innovation agency VINNOVA, where he led the Agency's efforts to strengthen the capacity for innovation in the public sector. Before that he worked for almost 10 years at the Ministry of Social Affairs, where he was responsible for developing and implementing the Government's National Strategy for eHealth. 

15:40 - 16:00 Plenary session, ground floor

Surprise

Following tradition, we offer a surprise after the first day’s seminars. As usual, we dare to promise that it will be a first time for everyone!

16:00 - 18:00 Plenary session, second floor

Networking and exhibition

Welcome to our exhibition with stands where you can try different assistive technologies, talk to end users or ask our experts everything you want to know about accessibility. Or, you can just enjoy the view and relax with sparkling wine and canapés while networking with other participants.

Day 2, Wednesday April 5


08:00 - 08:30

Welcome to register and have a cup of coffee before the conference

08:30 - 09:05 Plenary session, ground floor

Accessibility is Changing the World

Debra Ruh, Ruh Global

Efforts being made in the public and private sector to assure accessibility for all are actually changing the world. This session will show how ICT Accessibility supports global change in everything from technical solutions to real inclusion. Accessibility work adds value to IOT, Smart Cities, Robotics, 3D Printing and Wearables. This way, innovation in accessibility can provide increased possibilities in social inclusion, employment and education opportunities.

Debra Ruh. Photo

Debra Ruh focuses on global accessibility issues and human rights, not least through her assignments for the UN agency G3ict on emplyment. Debra is a co-founder of AXSChat, the world's largest twitter chat with over 1 billion tweets. She is a board member and strategic advisor to several international organizations and is a recognized speaker.

09:05 - 09:45 Plenary session, ground floor

Government and self-assessment? It can work!

Jason Kiss, New Zealand Government

In 2014-2015, New Zealand Government agencies self-assessed their websites for accessibility. This was a first step toward regular monitoring and reporting. Agencies found it challenging, and the results weren’t perfect, but the project was nevertheless a success. How were agencies, with their varying expertise, supported in testing accessibility? How reliable and useful were the results? What made the whole thing worthwhile? How have the outcomes informed our next steps?

Jason Kiss. Photo

Jason Kiss is Senior Advisor and lead on web standards and accessibility for the New Zealand Government. He also advises on .govt.nz domain name management, and is a contributing editor on the W3C’s HTML Accessibility API Mappings specification.

09:45 - 10:00

Coffee break, on both floors

10:00 - 10:40 Track 1, ground floor

Customer case Stångåstaden: How we got out of the pitfalls on our way to communication for all

Marie Aktö and
Albin Wahlqvist, Stångåstaden

The housing company Stångåstaden has been aiming for a more accessible and inclusive communication during many years. The road to customer satisfaction has gone through peer reviews, user testing, changes to the graphic identity and the creation of an internal manual. Stångåstaden also tells how they got their colleagues, advertising agencies and other companies in Linköping to join them on this journey.

Marie Aktö. Photo

Marie Aktö is Marketing Manager at the housing company Stångåstaden. She has previously worked in the energy industry, ICT industry and the defense industry. Marie holds a degree from Henley Management College and Bergh's School of Communications.

Albin Wahlqvist. Photo

Albin Wahlqvist is a communicator on the housing company Stångåstaden. He has previously worked in the energy industry and at Panduro. Albin holds a bachelor degree in Media and Communication Studies.

10:00 - 10:40 Track 2, upstairs

10 Common challenges in a web project

Lina Larsson,
Christer Janzon and
Henrik Juhlin, Funka

The design and development team at Funka presents how we solve some of the most common problems in our customers' web projects. It involves both design and code when we show good examples of responsive tables, how we help users to fill in forms using feedback and improve the UX with icons.

Lina Larsson. Photo

Lina Larsson is a graphic designer and accessibility expert at Funka. She is aiming to create design where form and function interact for a better UX and strives to find creative solutions where good design helps to simplify and clarify the flow of information.

Christer Janzon. Photo

Christer Janzon is a front-end developer and accessibility expert at Funka. Christer is also an experienced reviewer of system architecture and has over the years analyzed huge amounts of code.

Henrik Juhlin. Photo

Henrik Juhlin is a system- and web developer with a special focus on EPiServer and accessibility. His motivation is to solve the great challenges in a simple and smart way for the benefit of users.

10:45 - 11:30 Track 1, ground floor

“Happy as a salmon” - about content that everyone understands

Karin Forsell, Funka

Public sector content should have a "cultivated, simple and comprehensible" language. This is set in the Swedish Language Act. Nevertheless, 25% of adult Swedes have difficulties to understand the content of a public sector text. Moreover, the number of Swedes with a mother tongue other than Swedish is increasing fast. Therefore, it is more important than ever to start writing so that everyone understands.

Karin Forsell. Photo

Karin Forsell is a language expert at Funka and journalist. She analyzes and processes texts so they become comprehensible to all. Karin handles both plain language and easy to read, and she is a popular lecturer.

10:45 - 11:30 Track 2, upstairs

NVDA: The Open Source software that levels the playingfield for the blind

Michael Curran, NVDA

NVDA is free and open source screen reading software that helps more than 70 000 blind people spanning more than 150 countries today. In this presentation you will get tips and tricks around software accessibility best practices, current web accessibility standards, and a technical look into just how a screen reader gathers information it needs from software such as web browsers. The presentation will also touch on the benefits of open source for assistive technology, and where NVDA fits within the accessibility industry at large.

Michael Curran. Photo

Michael Curran is one of the founders and core developers of NVDA. He focuses on software development in the area of accessibility, and he is also very passionate about helping the blindness community in several ways. Through Michaels work with NVDA he has gained extensive experience in the field of accessibility, including vast knowledge of key accessibility standards, software APIs, and best practices. He has fostered relationships with companies such as Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and Adobe, and has contributed to the accessibility of their respective products.

11:30 - 12:30

Lunch is served on the ground floor

12:30 - 13:10 Track 1, ground floor

Case Kungälv: How to work effectively with video

Susanne Junkala and
Jonas Strömberg, Kungälv municipality

The Swedish local government of Kungälv produces video to reach out to new audiences, in social media and on the municipality’s own website. Everything is produced by staff at the communication department and has a local connection to increase recognition. This presentation is an introduction on how to start working with video. Uncomplicated can also be professional.

Susanne Junkala. Photo

Susanne Junkala is head of communications at Kungälv municipality. She started the video production at Kungälv, focusing on innovation, courage and creativity. She has a background in television, working as head of news at a local commercial broadcaster, TV4 Väst. 

Jonas Strömberg. Photo

Jonas Strömberg works with communication in Kungälv municipality. He has a long experience working with film production in television. During several years he was also frequently consulting as an educator in visual media. Jonas wants to show us how video can be used to create emotions to help deliver a message.

12:30 - 13:10 Track 2, upstairs

Accessibility in a Responsive World

Scott Jehl, Filament Group

Responsive Design has revolutionized our ability to deliver an appropriate visual design to screens of all sizes. Changes in a user interface's layout often pair with changes to its functionality and semantics, and that has introduced new and interesting challenges to providing meaningful support for assistive technology. In this talk, Scott will cover some of the challenges he's addressed in order to retain accessibility in complex, large-scale responsive designs.

Scott Jehl. Photo

Scott Jehl is a designer/developer at Filament Group, and lives in sunny Florida, USA. Scott is a longtime advocate of practices that improve web access for all, regularly speaking at conferences like An Event Apart, Web Directions, SmashingConf, and dConstruct, writing for A List Apart, and hacking on various open source projects on Github. He's the author of Responsible Responsive Design (2014, A Book Apart), and co-author of Designing with Progressive Enhancement (2010, New Riders). Scott also loves to surf.

13:15 - 14:00 Plenary session, ground floor

”Master class” with Funka’s experts

A new take in 2017 is that you have the oportunity to book a ”master class” with Funka’s experts in smaller rooms, during the event. You can chose to pose you question to a developer, a designer, a language expert, a requirements specialist, an assistive technology expert or an over all accessibility professional – and get answers and recommendations on the spot.

  • Frida Westholm and Lina Larson, Graphic design
  • Oskar Gustafsson and Tommy Feldt, UX and interaction design
  • Andreas Cederbom and Lena Drevsjø, Requirements- and regulations 
  • Susanna Laurin and Johan Kling, Procurement 
  • Henrik Juhlin and Christer Janzon, Development 
  • Karin Forsell and Jennifer Jordahl, Content 
  • Sandra Eriksson and Joakim Centrervik, Assistive Technology 
  • Moa Glantz and Hampus Sethfors, General accessibility

14:00 - 14:15

Coffee break on the ground floor

14:15 - 14:55 Plenary session, ground floor

#SUX: Some Users’ Experience

Billy Gregory, Paciello Group

When UX doesn't consider ALL users, shouldn't it be known as "SOME Users’ Experience" or... #SUX? When we don’t consider all users, we only consider some. In this fun and informative talk, Billy Gregory will examine design trends and accepted best practices that fail to incorporate the needs to all users. When designs only cater to a particular user set, they are shortsighted and not inclusive.

In our race to be “sexy” and “modern” we forgot to be usable. For many users, this #SUX.

Billy Gregory. Photo

Billy Gregory is an accessibility professional and Senior Accessibility Engineer with The Paciello Group. In his spare time, Billy is active in the Accessibility Community as Co-Organizer of "A11yTO" which organizes Accessibility Camp Toronto and it's monthly meet-up group.

14:55 - 15:00

Round up

Contact

Ivan Hellström

Title: Sales Representative

Email: ivan.hellstrom@funka.com

Phone: +46 8 555 770 95

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