Web Accessibility Workshop at De La Salle University – Manila

The first web accessibility workshop in De La Salle University – Manila was organized today by the university’s industrial engineering students and their professor, Mr. Ron Polancos. I had the privilege and honor of being the speaker in this event. The workshop was held from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the university’s information systems laboratory. More than 20 participants attended the event. They consisted of industrial engineering students currently taking up information technology subjects.

Julius and the DLSU students during the web accessibility workshop

An overview of the Web Accessibility Workshop

We began the workshop by learning about how persons with disabilities–blind people in particular–use the computer. I demonstrated the use of a screen reader in accessing common Windows applications. A screen reader is an application which echoes out via a voice output the textual information displayed on the screen. I also showed how blind persons access the Internet through the screen reader. The participants were able to personally experience using a screen reader in the computers assigned to them.

The second set of topics focused on web accessibility and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. We talked about what web accessibility is, what its benefits are, and what major issues are presently being worked on by accessibility advocates. Then we talked about WCAG 2.0, its four principles, and the guidelines under each principle. WCAG 2.0 is an internationally recognized document used by web developers in making their online content accessible to persons with disabilities.

Using the principles and guidelines we learned in the previous discussion, we proceeded to evaluate the accessibility of a number of websites. This was the third and final part of the workshop. The participants were given the chance to evaluate the accessibility of a youth-oriented website. I and the entire group evaluated the next chosen website. The second site provided visitors a way to order food and drinks from a famous food chain. We tried to determine if a blind person using a screen reader would be able to successfully complete a transaction using the delivery system. The result was interesting, so interesting that it inspires me to write a new post soon.

In addition to the topics above, we also talked about the accessibility laws in the Philippines. Here, I shared information about the Accessible Website Design Guidelines of our government and the Web Design Accessibility Recommendation Checkpoints of the Philippine Web Accessibility Group.

group picture of DLSU students, their professor, and Julius

The Accessibility Allies Behind The Event

I sincerely thank the industrial engineering students of DLSU – Manila and their professor Mr. Polancos for giving me the opportunity to share what I know about web accessibility. I am happily offering my assistance to them should they need any accessibility-related help in the coming months. Also, thanks and cheers to ATRIEV Computer School for the Blind for introducing me to the DLSU students and their professor.

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One Response to “Web Accessibility Workshop at De La Salle University – Manila”

  1. bee Says:

    Hey!
    It was Bee here.
    Thank You so much for a good share.
    Cheers!

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