The Second Web Accessibility Workshop at DLSU – Manila

DLSU students and Julius in the web accessibility workshop

Today, a group of accessibility allies have organized the second web accessibility workshop at De La Salle University – Manila. Around 28 students attended the workshop. I was very privileged to be invited to speak in this event.

The students who attended the workshop are taking up different courses. All of them however have IT-related and web development subjects. The industrial engineering students who organized last month’s DLSU accessibility workshop were also the ones who made this event possible.

We tackled three major topics in the workshop. Topic number 1 was all about screen readers. A screen reader is an application used primarily by blind persons in accessing the computer and the Internet. I demonstrated how a blind person uses the screen reader to access common Windows applications and visit web sites. The participants were able to personally use the screen readers installed on their computers. I also showed how a blind person uses a mobile phone through a screen reader installed on the said mobile device.

After learning how blind persons use the computer and the Internet, we focused on the heart of the workshop: web accessibility. Web accessibility refers to the practice of making websites accessible to persons with disabilities. I provided an overview of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) and explained its principles and guidelines. WCAG 2.0 is the internationally recognized document that defines how to make online content accessible. To help the participants better understand WCAG 2.0, I shared with them the WCAG 2.0 Tutorial by Even Grounds.

On the last part of the workshop, we carried out an actual web accessibility evaluation. The students suggested a website which we explored using a screen reader. We pointed out the commendable features of the site and identified its accessibility issues. The group then provided recommendations to solve the issues we have seen in the site.

Also, we learned that accessibility is being implemented in the field of entertainment. I shared an audio described movie with the group and explained how this type of technology enables blind persons to fully understand and enjoy films.

group picture of DLSU students and Julius

This has been a great experience for me, and I am thankful to the participants for giving me the opportunity to share what I know about accessibility. To everyone who attended the event, I am kindly offering my assistance to you guys should you need any accessibility-related help.

Cheers to DLSU’s accessibility allies!

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