Meetups

Check out this page for information about upcoming meetups and previous sessions.

Upcoming Meetups

Our next meetup will be in September 2019

Previous Meetups

A focus on dyslexia and tech – 09/07/19

On 9th of July, our event focused on dsylexia.

Both speakers described their differing experiences with dyslexia and Fraser talked about his assistive technology (ClaroRead) and how he uses it.

Fraser Davidson’s talk

Fraser is the Head of Projects at J&C Joel, a Yorkshire based company that is the world’s leading manufacturer of theatrical drapes, flooring and stage engineering.

Fraser was diagnosed with Dyslexia at the age of 7 after his new teacher recognised the Dyslexic characteristics and suggested he was tested for this, before then, his parents had moved him from his previous school because the school had assumed that his lack of attention and interest in school work was due to his behaviour and bad attitude. Once diagnosed, he was given the support he needed, but once he left school, his confidence began to suffer due to the lack of awareness of Dyslexia within the work place.

Fraser spoke about how he overcame his confidence issues and progressed in his career when he began to use Claro Software, this assistive technology helps him to read and write copy on multiple platforms such as desktop and mobile devices.

In this session, Fraser demonstrated how he turns sentences that makes perfect sense to him into well written English. It also demonstrates how hard the English Language can be to learn.

Robert Coop’s talk

Robert is a founding director of Hippo Digital, a Leeds-based digital service design consultancy. They work to build the right thing at the first time of asking for public and private sector clients throughout the UK.

Robert is a highly experienced digital leader with 20 years’ international experience designing digital services for clients including Vodafone, NHS Digital and the Department of Work and Pensions. Robert is passionate about leading agile teams to design and deliver user centred digital services – he is also dyslexic.

Why is dyslexia so hard to spell? (or Putting the UX into dyslexia, or Getting Cross about UX)

Dyslexia is one of those subjects that everyone thinks they understand: it’s about not being able to read very well, isn’t it?

But the thing is, it’s not quite that straightforward. And as people who are paid to deliver accessible services for our clients and their users it’s our responsibility to understand exactly what is involved.

Robert’s session outlined just what we need to be aware of if we want to get dyslexia right. He also complained bitterly that dyslexia is really difficult to spell.

Global Accessibility Awareness Day – 16/05/2019

On the 16th of May, events are organised around the world to raise awareness of all aspects of accessibility.

In Leeds, we’ll had a talk from Curt Holst from Barclays Bank and a demonstration of JAWS by our very own Barry Hill. Our event was kindly sponsored by Hippo Digital.

Curt’s talk

Traditionally accessibility is considered a component of usability focusing on people with disabilities but is often not seen as a powerful opportunity to innovate.

Building upon the work of The Paciello Group and Microsoft, Curt Holst, Senior Digital Accessibility Consultant at Barclays Bank talks about how Barclays uses Inclusive Design to support its aim of becoming the most inclusive bank in the FTSE100.

Curt has over 15 years of experience in the field of accessibility as well as a Masters Degree in Human Computer Interaction.

Barry’s demonstration

Barry demonstrated to everyone what it’s like to use the internet with a screenreader. He demonstrated the performance of Beyonce’s website and how it does not respond well to users using JAWS.

16/05/19 Will Turner introductory talk
16/05/19 Curt Holst talk
16/05/19 Barry Hill Demonstration

What is Digital Accessibility? – 1st April 2019

In our first meet up we took a user centred approach to understand what the community wanted from future Accessibility Leeds meetups. We ran a workshop session with our attendees to understand what digital accessibility is to them and how future meetups could help tackle our collective questions on it.

Keep your eye on our blog for updates from the outcomes of this workshop.

Our first speaker was Alastair Campbell who spoke about accessibility standards and some of his recent work with NHS Digital. A big thank you to Alastair for speaking and giving a great talk to help kick off the Accessibility Leeds community.

There are some photos from our first meet up below:

01/04/19 Photo of workshop
01/04/19 Photo of talk
01/04/19 Photo of team

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