Conference May 6: Let future IT professionals learn accessibility!
Welcome to the final conference in the research project Web Accessibility in Higher Education, in Stockholm, May 6 at 9-15. The conference is free of charge and Stockholm University is providing the venue.
If the EU is ever going to be able to comply with the Web Accessibility Directive and achieve an inclusive society, students of development, graphical design, UX and communication need to learn accessibility.
This should be self-evident, but still, most people leave universities and colleges without having heard much about what accessibility is or how their specific profession is affected by the subject. For the industry association IAAP, it is crucial to increase knowledge about accessibility in all parts of the IT industry, which is why the organization runs a Nordic collaboration project in which Funka participates together with leading universities.
Ensuring that the next generation IT professionals will have accessibility knowledge with them from the start is probably the most strategically important thing we are working on right now, says Frida Sandberg, who is leading the work at the IAAP Nordic chapter and also the project itself, which is financed by Nordplus.
Within the framework of the project, the participating universities have held workshops in Helsinki, Oslo and Lund, shared experiences and discussed different models. In addition, the project conducted surveys and mapped out what accessibility education is offered in the Nordic countries.
The project concludes with a large conference in Stockholm where everyone is welcome. The conference is in English and is free of charge.