Tips from the Trenches: Accessibility Testing by Manoj Kumar #AgileIndia 2021

One billion people are estimated by the World Health Organisation to have a disability. W3C's Web Content Accessibility(A11y) Guidelines (WCAG) are becoming increasingly mandated by governments. They are being used by many industries to make websites more accessible for people with disabilities. The product development team is often told to make their websites accessible like it is an easy light switch you turn on or off, but, it is not easy.

Digital transformation is now the holy grail of IT organisations. However, most companies are striving towards engineering excellence with processes like the Continuous Delivery process and often forget about the usability and Accessibility factor, which has to be given utmost importance early in the cycle. Because the applications/ products that we build should be accessible by all.

"Accessibility is everyone's responsibility" - We all need to understand that Accessibility isn't 'someone else's job'. In this talk, Manoj intends to share some practical examples of baking Accessibility during your agile software development cycle and advocates striving for engineering excellence with empathy. This talk will include basics like, need for Accessibility, followed by some practical, simple ways to find Accessibility flaws and, this will enrich the level of confidence to have some meaningful conversation about pushing for Accessibility mindset at their workplace and how to take it forward by baking in the accessibility at part of your Agile process from planning stages to production stages.

This talk will share practical insights on how to bring in the Accessibility mindset within teams and highlight tools and processes in the Accessibility ecosystem to implement during product development:
Where to start with Accessibility?
Can we add Accessibility into the Definition of Done?
What audit tools to use in the software dev lifecycle?
How organizational transformation on Accessibility initiative can be done to promote the Accessibility thought process.

More details: https://confengine.com/conferences/agile-india-2021/proposal/15791

Conference Link: https://2021.agileindia.org
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