Hampus Sethfors
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Hampus Sethfors @hampelsuken is originally a UX (User Experience) designer but has specialised in accessibility the last 5 years of his career.

He is the founder of Axess Lab in Stockholm, Sweden and believes that travelling to Scotland in November is the ultimate display of his passion for accessibility!

Have you tried to dab some coconut oil on your spine?

People with disabilities often get tips on how to “cure” their disability. Let’s focus on curing the inaccessible environment instead. In this talk, you’ll get some top-notch tips on designing accessible interfaces and learn why many design trends exclude people with disabilities.

Vasilis van Gemert
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Vasilis van Gemert @vasilis is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam where he teaches the next generation of digital product designers about designing with the web as a material.

Apart from being a teacher, he is a student as well. He follows the Design Research Master course at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. His research is about creating pleasurable digital user interfaces exclusively for real persons with disabilities.

Exclusive Design Principles

Vasilis flipped the Paciello Group Inclusive Design Principles and turned them into a set of Exclusive Design Principles. He used these principles to create tailor-made, pleasurable user experiences for real people with disabilities.

Instead of designing exclusively for ourselves, he started to design tailor-made solutions for – and together with – people with accessibility needs.

In the past year, Vasilis did several experiments with designing digital user experiences exclusively for real persons with real disabilities.

Together with his students, he came up with – sometimes unorthodox – alternative forms of interaction.

    • They created a design for a friend who is severely motor disabled.
    • They reimagined a video page for a designer who is deaf.
  • They designed a website for a blind designer with the Blind First principle.

In this talk, Vasilis will show you the results of these experiments, and share all the insights he gained during his research.

Barclays accessibility

Details to follow.

Paul Bepey
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Details to follow.

Building end to end accessibility at the BBC

Details to follow.

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Feedback on last year suggested that more conversation space would be a good thing. We put our heads together and came up with (aka shamelessly stole) the idea to have an open conversation session.

  • You propose the topics.
  • You discuss what interests you.
  • You then provide feedback to the whole group.

We may need to moderate the last bit and don’t worry if you had some interesting discussions but don’t like standing up in public; we will find a volunteer!

A topic may be introducing something you’ve been working on, some kind of research discovery, something you want to get off your chest, or anything else that’s relevant to the conference and addressed in a short period of time.

Open conversation

Not quite a full unconference, but space where you can discuss the topics you are interested in. Note that this is an experiment – we hope it works!

The idea is for you to propose discussion topics, we will arrange things so that each table has a topic of discussion at it and you can engage with whichever one you are interested in. You can also play a butterfly and flit between discussions, cross-pollinating ideas.

If we are inundated with topics (here’s hoping) we will put up a voting sheet on the day.

You can propose a topic when you get your ticket.