A round-up of powerful tweets from the #a11yTO Conference in Toronto

October 25, 2018

Last week, the TELUS Toronto office became home to over 300 participants for the second annual #a11yTO accessibility conference. The crowd was a diverse mix of people - some were experts in their field, others were new faces, but everyone sat together to open their minds about digital accessibility.

A11y is a numeronym (a number-based word used to form an abbreviation). 11 represents the eleven letters between the A and the Y in the word accessibility.

A11y is a reference to web or digital accessibility. It is important to note that accessibility in the tech space can be described as the design of products, devices, or services for people of varying abilities. Anyone can meet a barrier when accessing content online and it’s our job as technical experts (whether you’re a developer, designer, product owner or writer) to build or implement solutions that overcome these barriers. 

The two-day, one track conference was comprised of lectures, demos, and lightning talks from local and world-renowned speakers. If you were unable to join in person, the conversation continued on Twitter through #a11yTOConf. There were so many impactful tweets and it was hard to fit them all into one list. Here is a snapshot of some of our favourites:

Accessibility tests represented by a stoplight. Described below

#a11yTOConf @alwarpillai: “Co-design is the process of empowering users to make design decisions.”

— Adrian Roselli (@aardrian) October 16, 2018

Screenshot of Barbarian accessibility controls

Image with text: Inclusive design calls for inclusive research

TELUS Digital is continuously striving to become a better ally in the accessibility space. Read about our evolving practices from a previous post. To learn more about A11y event in the GTA, check out their website or follow them on Twitter!

Chantelle Sukhu is the Editor of the TELUS Digital blog. She uses her content toolkit to help her colleagues communicate their passions, and drive meaningful conversations. When she’s not editing, you can catch her blogging about mental health or stirring up a good cocktail. Twitter @chantellesukhu

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