AccessiWeb workshop 25 : Assistive Technologies Today

Cité des Sciences, Paris | Tuesday 16th October | 10am to 5pm

In digital accessibility jargon, “assistive technologies” refers to the tools, applications and devices that persons with disabilities use to access the internet. Screen readers can be used by blind users to convert text to speech or Braille display, but beyond this there are a host of other lesser-known technologies: text enlargers and interface customisation programmes for users with low vision, switches and captors for users with motor impairments who are unable to use a mouse, voice recognition programmes that can be used to control desktop and smartphone devices, eye tracking tools for motor impaired users. All of these solutions are available in multiple forms and combinations, for use at home or work or when users are on the move.

This AccessiWeb workshop will expose some some of the different assistive technologies available today and show what impact they have on the design and development of a website.

Programme :

9h30 – 10h00 : Registration (coffee)

10h00 – 10h15 : Introduction
10h15 – 10h45 : Accessing the web with motor impairments (Vincent Aniort, Orange)
10h45 – 11h15 : Digital misadventures – how Neurodiversity affects my experience of technology (Neil Milliken, Atos)
11h15 – 11h45 : Tools for supporting low vision web use (Jean-Pierre Carpanini, Association Valentin Haüy)
11h45 – 12h15 : ARIA 1.1 : What has changed and how will this be supported by screen readers? (Alex Bernier, BrailleNet)

12h15 – 14h00 : Lunch

14h00 – 14h30 : To be confirmed
14h30 – 15h00 : A comparatif study of 6 embedded players and services (Katie Durand and Alex Bernier, BrailleNet)
15h00 – 15h30 : The COMPARE project : User testing the accessibility of web componants (Alex Bernier and Bruno Marmol, BrailleNet) 
15h30 – 16h00 : Study on the screen reader use in France and the French-speaking world (Sylvie Duchateau, Access42 and Denis Boulay, Fédération des Aveugles de France)
16h00 – 16h30 : Screen Reader User Survey (Jared Smith, WebAim)

To register: http://gta25.braillenet.org