Schedule and Suggested Topics


(College Building Entrance) 09:30AM Registration

(AG21) 10:00AM House Keeping – Makayla Lewis

Slot One (10:05AM – 11:00AM):

(AG21) Introduction to web accessibility – Graham Armfield (10:05AM-10:25AM)

(AG21) KEYNOTE: Does anyone know the way to Web Accessibility Utopia? – Sandi Wassmer (10:30AM-11:00AM)

 Slot Two (11:10AM – 12:00PM):

(AG21) An Accessible Web Game Standard and Specification – Jonathan Chetwynd

(AG10) Older people and web accessibility: not as straightforward as you might think it is? – David Sloan

(AG11) Providing better scaffolding – what you need to know about how BS8878 affects you – Jonathan Hassell

 Slot Three (12:10PM – 1:00PM):

(AG21) Captioning and HTML5 – Bruce Lawson

(AG10) Open Source: Removing the financial barriers to Web Accessibility  and Shaw Trust demonstration – James Townsend

(AG11) Setup: No Entry

LUNCH (1:00PM – 1:50PM):

(AG10 and Courtyard) Networking

(AG11) Very Light Refreshments*, PeskyPeople GoGenie and Digital Accessibility Centre Demonstration and UK a11y competition information

(Meet in AG11) City University London Interaction Lab Tours – Raj Arjan

Slot Four (2:00PM – 2:50PM):

(AG21) Help! My brain hurts! – The confusing world of WCAG 2.0 development, and cognitive impairments – Grant Broome

(AG10) Online games and activities for children with profound and multiple special needs – Ian Hamilton

(AG11) Real Life Accessibility – How does your site stack up? – Gavin Evans

Slot Five (3:00PM – 3:50PM):

(AG21) Lightning Talks:

1. Channel 4 and Digital Accessibility Centre: Accessibility Surgeries – Anne Stevens

2. The trials and tribulations of designing an iPad app for children and adults with learning or communication difficulties – Zoe Peden

3. Fix The Web – Gail Bradbrook

4. Accessibility and the government’s new digital platform – Leonie Watson

5. (Remote Recording) Using Automated Tests to Find User Interaction and other Accessibility Bugs – Julian Harty

(AG10) empty **

(AG11) empty **


*Only light refreshments (tea, coffee and biscuits) will be provided during lunch, we do hope this is not of an inconvenience. However City University London is located in a prime eating location. Please do ask our friendly organisers and volunteers for directions of nice and reasonably priced places to eat.

**Due to the unconference nature of a11yLDN empty presentation slots have been put aside for attendees who wish to present on the day. If you would like to do this please talk to Makayla Lewis during registration or lunch.

For presentation, lightning talk and workshop/demonstration blurbs please go to:



Suggested Topics:

Topics suggested included (but are not limited to):

  1. What is accessibility and what are its benefits?
  2. Exploring the current state of accessibility, such as:
    1. Challenges
    2. Potential improvements
  3. Understanding and using new/existing accessibility standards, guidelines or resources
  4. Understanding emerging issues in accessibility, such as:
    1. Touch interfaces
    2. Social media
    3. Gaming
    4. Entertainment
    5. Web utilities e.g. banking
    6. Mobile devices
    7. Current front end web development trends
  5. Discussing new and emerging assistive technology, such as:
    1. Touch interfaces
    2. Adapted input devices
    3. Screen readers
    4. Alternative and augmented communication (AAC)
  6. Discussing how to make specific technology accessible, such as:
    1. Videos in Flash and HTML 5
    2. PDF form development
  7. Discussing the future of accessibility (where do we go from here?)
  8. Case study: how to consider accessibility from a cognitive and or mental health perspective
  9. Question and answer web accessibility surgery