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The Mile Two Crew Takes on Accessibility

Accessibility Month provides an opportunity for Mile Two employees to research and incorporate techniques for planning, designing, building, and testing accessible applications.

Mile Two is excited to launch our very own Accessibility Month in October! Inclusion is a strong value at Mile Two, and we believe that equal access to digital content and applications should be ensured for everyone. Accessibility standards are often not met across the software industry due to a lack of awareness and a shortage of expertise. We created Accessibility Month to address any accessibility issues within our organization and extend these values into every product we build.

What is Mile Two Accessibility Month?

Mile Two Accessibility Month consists of nine talks presented over the course of five Lunch & Learns throughout the month of October. During these sessions, employees will share their research and proposed methods for incorporating accessibility in the areas of project management, UX/UI design, software engineering, and quality assurance. We asked speakers to research the problem space in their functional area to discover how to build accessible products (tools, methods, processes); to hypothesize a way of incorporating their research into our current processes (new standards, documentation); and to share their findings with the rest of the Mile Two Crew. The final goal will be to implement these new tools, methods, and processes across the company.

Accessibility Month Sessions and Speakers

Want to know more? Check out our scheduled speakers and their presentations below!

Jonny Butler

Accessible Software By Design – Jonny Butler

Accessibility should not be an afterthought, a nuisance, or a barrier to delivering great software, but rather an opportunity to support a more complete user base.

Ren Estep

Section 508: The Government’s Response to Accessibility – Ren Estep

For your site to be considered accessible in the eyes of the law, it must be Section 508 compliant, but often when project managers, creators, developers, and QA professionals are asked what it means to be section 508 compliant, the answers often come back with uncertainty.

Amanda Neff

The Designer’s Accessibility Toolbox – Amanda Neff

Many tools are available to aid designers, from color palette generators to testing tools. We’ll explore those and develop an understanding of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

Kayla Sturgeon

Pour: What is it Good For? (A Whole Lot) – Kayla Sturgeon

POUR stands for perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust and refers to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines checklist of accessibility guidelines.

Chase Buttery

Engineering for Everyone – Chase Buttery

We will explore why it is important to develop software that is accessible to everyone and look at real-life examples of how much accessibility can impact someone with a disability.

Lindsay Huling

Give Inaccessibility the Axe – Lindsay Huling

Without a strong knowledge of the topic, accessibility standards can seem daunting and overwhelming. With help from the Chrome extension Axe, we have a way to understand how the products we create fit into the realm of accessibility.

Jason Brooks

Accessibility Testing Strategy – Jason Brooks

Accessibility testing is important and we will examine what all goes into the process; when to execute, how to test, test strategy, test standards, and accessibility testing tools.

Sarah Gorman

Investigating Sound Structure for Standards – Sarah Gorman

Like an API allows multiple consumptions and uses of data, building the frontend with a solid structure allows multiple assistive technologies to consume and use its content.

Jennifer Vasquez

Accessibility: How Are Project Managers Critical to the Process? – Jennifer Vasquez

Accessibility means equivalent access to everyone using software and it should be treated like all other defined requirements, not just a “nice-to-have” or an afterthought.

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