A11y Advocacy: Why We Need to Do More than Just
Accessibility is a broad area. It can be applied to many different scenarios and can be met in many different ways. At the end of the day, though, we are dealing with people with challenges and concerns that, let's face it, most if not all of us will face if we live long enough. Accessibility is more than checking off a box that says, "We are compliant". It is advocating for people to be able to effectively participate in daily life as any of us would, with accommodations where necessary.
Michael Larsen is a Senior Quality Assurance Engineer with Learning Technologies Group/PeopleFluent. He is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, USA. Over the past three decades, he has been involved in software testing for a range of products and industries, including network routers & switches, virtual machines, capacitance touch devices, video games, and client/server, distributed database & web applications. Michael is a Black Belt in the Miagi-Do School of Software Testing, was a founder and facilitator of the Americas chapter of Weekend Testing, the Chair of the Education Special Interest Group with the Association for Software Testing (AST), a lead instructor of the Black Box Software Testing courses through AST, and curator of training materials for SummerQAmp. He has been a frequent speaker at a variety of conferences including STAREast, CAST, ALM Forum, Agile Testing Days, Oredev, PNSQC, and InflectraCON. Michael writes the TESTHEAD blog (http://mkltesthead.com) and can be found on Twitter at @mkltesthead. A list of books, articles, papers, and presentations can be seen at http://www.linkedin.com/in/mkltesthead.