Accessibility in technology matters more than ever in 2023. Digital accessibility is not just about ensuring that people with disabilities can comfortably use products and services, it's about creating a world that’s more open, inclusive, and equitable.
Regardless of your current industry, staying up-to-date on the latest accessibility techniques and best practices is one of the greatest investments you can make in your business. One of the most effective ways to sharpen your accessibility know-how is by attending the hybrid John Slatin AccessU conference, taking place online and in-person at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas from May 9-12. AccessU is a leading conference on digital accessibility, where attendees can learn from industry experts, hear from keynote speakers, and network with like-minded professionals. Whether you're a developer, designer, product manager, salesperson, or hold any other role, we guarantee you’ll walk away from AccessU with a new set of tools, knowledge, contacts, and memories that will last a lifetime.
Master the Digital Accessibility "Dos and Don'ts" in 2023
Accessibility is a rapidly changing industry, with new standards and regulations being implemented all the time. Whether you’re new to the world of digital accessibility or you’re just looking for a tune-up, there’s no better time and place to refine your accessibility knowledge than AccessU.
You'll learn about laws and international standards such as Section 508, the EU Web Accessibility Directive, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. And as a bonus, you'll learn to create inclusive digital experiences that exceed these guidelines and create more satisfying experiences for all of your users.
Next, you'll hear about real-world case studies and examples of how accessibility has been implemented in various industries, from healthcare to financial services and everywhere in between.
Grow Your Customers and Improve Your Company Culture
Not only will you walk away from AccessU understanding how to comply with accessibility regulations, but you’ll also have the key to bolstering your customer base and improving satisfaction among existing customers. Companies recognized as accessible to a wider range of customer segments tend to have a competitive edge in today's market, an advantage Microsoft demonstrated in a 2016 study (PDF) in which 79 percent of respondents indicated that accessible technology helped foster better customer experiences. Knowbility is committed to helping you find that edge for yourself and your team.
Top Reasons to Attend
Since 2004, AccessU has brought together some of the most influential trainers and speakers in digital accessibility in a friendly environment. As a member of the World Wide Web Consortium, Knowbility is an expert in the industry. Here are some key reasons why you should attend:
- Pre-conference day-long workshops will provide intensive training and practice
- General sessions between 90 minutes and 180 minutes long give attendees a chance to engage fully with the material and ask detailed questions
- Keynotes from leaders in digital accessibility and disability rights help inspire guests and provide new perspectives
- Social events bring the community together outside the classroom, helping spark new collaborations, and foster personal growth
- Access to recordings of all sessions and keynotes allowing attendees to review key points and share info with coworkers
Sessions are designed for in-depth learning on the following topics:
- Design & user Experience
- Documents & Templates
- Interactive & Emerging Technologies
- Organizational Practices & Strategic Planning
- Policy & Advocacy
By the time AccessU 2023 is over, you’ll know how to implement digital accessibility like a pro. Your business will have the resources and expertise it needs to stay compliant with legal and regulatory requirements related to accessibility, which in turn will appeal to a wider customer base and retain existing customers. You’ll also walk away with the knowledge and tools to improve the accessibility of your company's digital products and services, and the connections you need to position yourself as the accessibility expert within your industry.
Finally, by attending AccessU, you'll have valuable insights that will help foster a more inclusive company culture, improve employee performance, and drive customer acquisition and retention.