Originally presented at OpenWebCamp 6 in 2014 and then again (shortened) at CSUN 2015.
When you design for everyone, do you really mean everyone, or do you actually STILL mean that you're designing for people like you? Do you still mean the Western world? Do you still mean building for screen reader users?
For many of my early years as a web developer, I called what I created accessible, but in many ways, I meant screen reader compatible. Through working with different people with disabilities and different assistive technologies, you'll learn new things that don't have anything to do with guidelines, rules, or success criteria. And that's okay -- those rules and success criteria are an incredible starting point. But they aren't our end point. Not if we truly mean "everyone."
In this session we'll look at designing for audiences other than screen readers. In fact, you'll hear NOTHING about screen reader accessibility in this talk. You'll hear about other audiences: people with mobility or dexterity impairments, low-vision, and even different literacy or cultural differences. You'll learn several practical takeaways to help you design and build things that go beyond screen reader compatible.