Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017, Detroit

Thursday, May 18, 2017

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Bamboo Detroit

1420 Washington Blvd, Suite 301, Detroit, MI
$5.00 /per person

Event description

Back for the fourth year, Global Accessibility Awareness Day Detroit is a day to gather together to learn about digital accessibility and how to make the web more accessible for everyone. Events will be held around the world to raise awareness about web accessibility.

This year’s event is jointly hosted by Refresh Detroit and Ladies That UX Detroit.

Who is this event for?

If you’re working on the web, creating, developing, or designing websites or content for others to use, this event is for you! Or if you want to learn how we can work together to make the web accessible to everyone, we’d love for you to attend.

For our event, we’ve invited two local experts to talk about the importance of planning for accessibility in your design project and how to use an automated accessibility testing tool.


6:30pm to 7:00pm: Welcome, food, refreshments, and networking
7:00pm to 7:10pm: Introductions
7:10pm to 8:20pm: Presentations
8:20pm to 8:30pm: Announcements and thanks to sponsor
8:30pm: Time to leave


Design Before Code: Thinking About Accessibility from the Ground Up 
Caitlin Geier, UX Designer at Deque Systems

Think about accessibility when designing: don’t wait till it’s coded!  Caitlin will offer accessibility tips for designers so that time will be saved in development.

Introduction to aXE
Matt Isner, JavaScript Developer at Deque Systems

Learn how to check the accessibility of your web projects with aXe, a free Chrome extension and open source JavaScript accessibility testing engine.


Caitlin Geier


As a UX designer, Caitlin’s work with accessible design flourished once she began working for Deque. She is passionate about understanding the users she’s designing for.

Caitlin continually strives to incorporate accessibility elements into her work in order to ensure that all users can benefit from inclusive design.

Matt Isner


Matt specializes in teaching development teams to plan, test, and code for accessibility and has helped orchestrate large remediation efforts of complex enterprise applications.

He is intrigued by the idea of the computer system as an expression of human neurobiology, and champions the notion that accessible web content is better understood by both humans and computers.


Deque Systems is a leading provider of web and mobile accessibility software and services. Our mission is digital equality, and the Deque team consists of leaders and innovators in accessibility and testing tools development.

We strive to provide practical accessibility solutions that reflect real-world development environments, and we work with a broad range of clients to not only fix their inaccessible content but to integrate accessibility into their existing design and development processes through the use of automation and training. Not sure about your site’s accessibility? Check it with aXe.

Next Web workers meeting – March 20, 2015 – Accessibility

RAVPDo you manage a school/college/departmental website that represents the university? This meeting is for you.

Come share your successes, failures, questions and lessons learned with other Web workers from around campus.

This meeting’s agenda includes:

  • Matt Ouellett from the Office of Teaching and Learning will be facilitating a group discussion to create a Web accessibility working document
  • Round table

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to share their experiences.

March 20 at 10:30 a.m. in the Simon’s Room, 144 Purdy Library

RSVP is not required but suggested.

Accessible building entrance icons added to the flash campus map

To increase awareness of all our accessible entrances on campus, we have implemented some new functionality to our campus map. We have added a toggle switch on the bottom-right side of the map to switch to an accessible entrances view, showing where the entrances are on each building.  There are two new icons in the map key to show Accessible Entrances with and without automatic doors.

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We have also provided a printable PDF version of the map that you can get from our printable maps page. Or try it out live at

November 12, 2009: World Usability Day – Designing for a Sustainable World

The 5th World Usability Day and the 7th Annual Usability and Accessibility Conference at Michigan State University, will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2009, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the MSU campus.

Designing for a Sustainable World

Designing for a Sustainable World focuses on how our products and services impact our world. The ‘Cradle to Cradle’ approach is to start the design with the premise of using materials that can fully enter a new life cycle by either going back to nature or going back into the design process as a new product. This holistic approach to sustainable design shows how usability can apply to all of what we do and build.

Please “Save the Date” for this program that will be relevant to researchers, professionals, and students alike. Explore advanced and timely topics of usability, accessibility and human-technology interface design in the sustainable global knowledge economy.

Tours of the MSU Usability & Accessibility Center are included in the day’s agenda.

For information on how to get involved, please visit

Getting Around Campus On The Go

iPhone MapWe have begun adding functionality to our Campus Map, which is currently developed in Flash, to be accessible to the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The iPhone cannot view the Flash site so if you wanted to look at or follow the map you were out of luck. With a little iPhone detection we redirect users to:

Instead of getting a flash version of the map we converted it to an SVG image and embedded it. This allows for the fully viewable main campus map to be viewable and scalable without getting blurry. Although it is not the best solution it is a step in the right direction.

What’s Next?

As we continue to support the iPhone and iPod Touch features we will soon release a fully searchable map that includes all our campuses. It will also be able to link to the built in Google Map to pinpoint its location.

As C&IT expands wireless availability on campus the easier it is to get oriented with campus while you are walking through it.

Your Opinion

What would you like to see on the campus map? Are we missing something or is something not working like you expected? Let us know, we would love to hear about it. Just comment on this post.

Advocating for Web Standards and Accessibility

Earlier this week I gave a presentation about Web Standards and Accessibility to the ASIS&T Wayne State Student Chapter.

I gave the presentation as an overview of the importance of web standards and accessibility. Not only as the right thing to do but also how they can benefit any web project. Not only is there a cost savings to having and using standards but there is also a search engine benefit and overall your users will be happier.

Unfortunately the real world execution is not so cut and dry. Scope, time constraints and lack of communication effect the end result of both standards and accessibility. The key is communication, letting everyone know what the standards are and if there is an addition. Making standards and accessibility a habit and baking it into every piece of work you do will make it that much easier to execute on a consistent basis.

Presentation Video

Presentation Slides

View more presentations from Nick Denardis. (tags: web standards)


Last but not least

!important is not your friend, please stop using it.

WCAG 2.0 is official, now what?

Ten years after WCAG 1.0 was published WCAG 2.0 is official, so what do we do now? Its time to look inside and start updating.

WCAG 2.0 applies broadly to more advanced technologies; is easier to use and understand; and is more precisely testable with automated testing and human evaluation.

W3C WAI recommends using WCAG 2.0, instead of WCAG 1.0.

Most Web sites that conform to WCAG 1.0 will not require significant changes in order to conform to WCAG 2.0, and some may not need any changes. To help you move to WCAG 2.0, WAI is developing:

WCAG 2.0 has 12 guidelines that are organized under 4 principles: perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. For each guideline, there are testable success criteria, which are at three levels: A, AA, and AAA.

For a short summary of the WCAG 2.0 guidelines, see WCAG 2.0 at a Glance.

The best place to start working with WCAG 2.0 is the How to Meet WCAG 2.0 (Quick Reference).

Remember we are here to help so any questions about your site being accessible let us know and we can give you a complete evaluation.