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Derek Featherstone is back this year too!

One of our fearless leaders is back in Ottawa this year to present.

Accessibility as a Design Tool
Oct 13, 2012 11:45am / 45 MINUTES

Designing for extreme use cases—outliers—results in a design process that leads to greater success in developing products that are more easily used by everyone. By systematically factoring these extremes into our designs we spark creativity and behaviours that encourage divergent thinking and help to ensure that what we create can be used by everyone, including people with disabilities.

In this session, we’ll look at design considerations for the extremes, how they impact our work, and what we can do to make sure that our products—web sites, applications, native smartphone applications and more—are accessible to everyone, regardless of their abilities.

Speaker Bio: Derek Featherstone

Derek is an internationally known authority on accessibility and web development, a respected technical trainer, and author. Creator of in-depth courses on HTML, CSS, DOM Scripting, and Web 2.0 applications, his approach never fails to champion the cause of web standards and universal accessibility.

In Ottawa, he is one of the original UXcamp organizers and a current co-chair of the event who has been helping from the shadows since our first edition. As founder of Further Ahead and currently Simply Accessible, he has been an in-demand consultant to government agencies, educational institutions, and private sector companies since 1999. He is Group Lead of The Web Standards Project and has served on its Accessibility and DOM Scripting Task Forces.

You can follow Derek on Twitter at @feather.

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