Accessibility Days

Awareness-raising event about Accessibility and Disabilities

for software developers, designers and many others ...

Bologna, May 18 2018

On the occasion of GAAD ("Global Accessibility Awareness Day")


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Accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people who experience disabilities. The concept of accessible design and practice of accessible development ensures both "direct access" (i.e. unassisted) and "indirect access" meaning compatibility with a person's assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers).
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The "Global Accessibility Awareness Day", a yearly event organized in many locations worldwide, aims at raising awareness about accessibility and inclusion, by gathering up technology experts and disabled people.


In Italy, various communities of technology lovers celebrated it for the first time in 2017 with an event called “Accessibility Days” and supported by the Ancona branch of the Italian Blind Union.

The first edition was welcomed with enthusiasm by participants, thanks to the great variety of initiatives including lectures, workshops such as the "Makers' Corner" and sensory experiences like the dinner in the dark. Key to success was also the location: the Omero Tactile Museum, one of the best worldwide.

This year's event will take place in Bologna and engage other disability-related organizations, such as UICI Bologna, the Universal Access community and the F. Cavazza Institute, which will host you and leave you breathless with its amazing mixture of history, art and technology.


Contents

 

The event will include a wide range of activities, as described below.

Lectures

The lectures will address accessibility-related issues: existing tools for the everyday lives of disabled people, technologies to make things more accessible, etc.

Workshop & Ask The Expert

In the workshops you'll be able to develop websites and apps or create electronic devices, with the aid of technology experts. You'll also get the opportunity to talk to disabled users, so as to know if what you're developing is actually accessible.

The Makers' Corner

Besides developers and designers, makers, too, currently play an essential role in the improvement of disabled people's lives, with their awesome inventions!
Things that were impossible to imagine are now made possible by a variety of devices: affordable electronic cards, sensors, 3d printers, and much more.
In this corner you'll get the opportunity to give free play to your creativity, experimenting on how to use these tools to make the world more accessible.

Audiogames

Another amazing surprise of this year's event will be audiogames, leisure products that can be used also by visually impaired people, thanks to the community of Italian videogames' developers.
You'll get to see how situations which are very visual, such as a duel between enemies, can be re-interpreted without sight.

Exploring art by touch: the Anteros Museum

Close your eyes and imagine to be in a museum full of statues or in a city with plenty of monuments that you cannot see because it's all dark.
At the Anteros Tactile Museum, in F. Cavazza Institute, you'll experience art as a blind person does: blindfolded, you'll use the other senses to explore basso-rilievos reproducing famous paintings, both ancient and modern. Will you manage to recognize them? :)
You'll see how art can be greatly enjoyed even without the use of sight.

Tolomeo Museum: Art, History and Technology

The Tolomeo Museum, also located in Cavazza, gathers objects that characterized the history of the institute and were an integral part of the city life. Interactive installations and environmental art.
The exhibited objects will guide you through the history of all the technological advances that enabled blind people to read, write and perceive the world around them. Cavazza Institute, which has trained blind people in technology-related activites for more than a century, undoubtedly played an essential role in these amazing developments.

"Snack" in the dark

Though there will be no dinner in the dark this year, you'll be given a taste of it with an "aperitivo" in the dark.
You'll experience how everything (food, environment et.) is different without light: even recognizing what you're eating will be a challenge... provided you find the food in the first place! :)
Even the location chosen for the aperitif will be part of the experience: it is "L'Altro Spazio", the "first inclusive bar in Italy", a place designed and built for people with disabilities. We will not reveal anything else about it, but certainly the place itself will allow us to learn a lot about the subject of accessibility!

Walk in the dark

And to further enrich the experience, we will give participants the opportunity to join the journey that will take us from the Istituto Cavazza (place of the Accessibility Days) to the bar "L'Altro Spazio" (aperitif place) walking in the dark, assisted by the guides of the UICI: probably this will be the "strongest" of the experiences, the one that will require more courage :)

 

Agenda

Friday morning

09:30 Participants entry

10:00 Opening session morning session - Elio De Leo, president of the Istituto dei Ciechi F. Cavazza

10:30 Track 1 - Inclusive design, designing for everyone (Alessandro Scardova - DotDotNet)
#ux #dev

10:30-13:00 Track Maker - Interactive workshop on the use of Arduino: usability of electronic devices (Giulio Beretta)
#maker #arduino

Track 1 - Inclusive design, plannig for everyone
Designing software to be used by users with disabilities helps us to make better applications. In this session we will see what approach to adopt and what are the mistakes to avoid.

Speaker: Alessandro Scardova - DotDotNet

Track 2 - Interactive workshop on the use of Arduino: usability of electronic devices
Many electronic devices, despite being equipped with physical buttons or other hardware controls, are inconvenient to use, especially by users with visual disabilities due to their poorly intuitive interfaces and especially rich visual details. During this talk, the accessibility and usability of the hardware will be discussed and some useful measures will be taken to help us realize how an electronic device can be optimized from the point of view of the user interface, both in input and output. Finally, similar functional devices will be shown also in the field of typhlotechnics and typhlodidactics.

Speaker: Giulio Beretta

11:00 Coffee-break

11:30 Track 1 - Digital publishing: new specifications and accessible reading applications (Gregorio Pellegrino - LIA Foundation)
#publishing #fondazionelia

The integration of the International Digital Publishing Forum in W3C opens up new horizons for digital publishing, which is increasingly oriented towards the web. The experience on the content management by publishers is thus integrated with that of W3C technicians to improve the experience of reading digital publications, with constant attention to accessibility. But it is not enough to produce quality content: there is a need for accessible reading applications that allow the user the maximum possible interaction with the text.

Speaker: Gregorio Pellegrino - Fondazione LIA

12:00 Track 1 - Solutions for the production of technical and scientific documents in accessible format (Cristian Bernareggi - University of Milan)
#documents #editing

12:00 Track 2 - Apple: on-board assistive technologies (Stefano Gardenghi - MED Store - Apple authorized technician)
#mobile #apple #dev #ux

Track 1 - Solutions for the production of technical and scientific documents in an accessible format
The creation of technical and scientific documentation fully accessible and usable by people with visual disabilities is a process that poses numerous difficulties related both to the production tools and to the tools that will be used for reading.
In this workshop the main problems relating to the non-visual use of technical and scientific documentation are first introduced. Then the main tools for making accessible technical and scientific documentation are illustrated.

Speaker: Cristian Bernareggi - University of Milan

Track 2 - Apple: le tecnologie assistive on-board
This workshop will present the assistive technologies provided natively with the new generation of Apple devices.     
In particular, it will be discovered that devices apparently unusable by people with visual disabilities, such as smartphones and tablets with touch screens, manage to become completely accessible thanks to the technologies contained in them.
Participants can also try these technologies themselves, thanks to the devices kindly made available by the MedStore in Ancona.

Speaker: Stefano Gardenghi - MED Store
Med Store was founded in 2007 in Macerata, the first store for fans of Apple products and high technology. Today, Med Store is an ever-expanding solid company, an industry leader with numerous Apple Premium Resellers and "Point" affiliates. A widespread presence on the territory in order to bring products, services and solutions of the brand throughout Italy. Conceived as true informatic boutiques, where the central element is the customer, each store is designed and designed to guarantee the best shopping experience and the maximum of after-sales services thanks to the certified Apple technical assistance, the dense programming of free training events as well as personalized professional courses. The attention for the individual customer also extends to local companies and schools that need innovative solutions.

12:30 Track 1 - Communication 2.0 accessible via Facebook and Twitter (Michele Landolfo - Universal Access)
#communication #facebook #twitter #seo

12:30 Trak 2 - Windows and support for accessibility (Giovanni Cellucci)
#windows #dev #ux

Track 1 - 2.0 Communication accessible via Facebook and Twitter
In this session we will illustrate the guidelines for making communication 2.0 accessible via Facebook and Twitter. It will address the speech images and how to make them accessible to the public using screenreader.

Speaker: Michele Landolfo - Universal Access

Track 2 - Windows and accessibility support
This session will show the accessibility features for Windows, especially those introduced with Windows 10, thanks to the machines available to the participants in the laboratory.     
We will understand how to "design" a program to make it accessible from the beginning, and how to overcome the limits of accessibility with the features made available by the most famous screen readers available on the market.

Speaker: Giovanni Cellucci - Istituto F. Cavazza
Graduated in Electronic Engineering (University of Bologna) and works at the "Francesco Cavazza" Institute of Bologna. It deals with accessibility and usability of hardware and software products. He is a lecturer in computer science for visually impaired people enabled by the Institute for Research and Training and Rehabilitation.

1:00 pm Buffet lunch



Friday Afternoon

13:30 Participants entry

14:00 Opening speech session in the afternoon - Andrea Prantoni (UICI Section Bologna) and Andrea Cionna (UICI Section Ancona)

2.15pm Track 1 - Accessibility - Myths to be debunked and good practices (Luca Ciaffoni - Ariadne GPS)
#dev #ux

2.15pm Track 2 - Tbus: development of an app for public transport in Emilia Romagna in collaboration with UICI Bologna
#dev #ux

14: 15-16: 00 Track Maker - Roberto Gozzani presents his prototype devices for blind people - 3D printing, sensors and tips to move from idea to prototype.
#maker #stampa3d #sensori

Track 1 - Accessibility - Disappearance myths and best practices
Keynote of the WWDC Apple 2012 keynote with its Ariadne GPS application, this session will talk about accessibility issues, from the most common mistakes to the false myths about realizing visually impaired web and mobile interfaces.

Speaker: Giovanni Luca Ciaffoni - Ariadne GPS
Since the beginning of his career, Luca has been interested in developing solutions for blind and partially sighted people. He has worked for many years for the "F.Cavazza" Institute of the Blind, a center of excellence for research and training on visual disability and assistive technologies.
He has collaborated on several projects of interest for web accessibility and software applications for mobile devices.
He was interested in the development and accessibility of the iOS platform, with special regard to the field of mobility. Ariadne GPS and ViaOpta Nav are two app for Apple devices designed to facilitate the mobility of blind and visually impaired people who have gained recognition worldwide, in the field of visual and non-visual disability.
Among its areas of interest also indoor mobility and the development of a cms platform for native mobile apps.

Track 2 - Tbus: sviluppo di un'app per i trasporti pubblici in Emilia Romagna in collaborazione con UICI Bologna
Tbus is the app developed by Bitapp srl in 2013 in Bologna. The application, available for iOS and Android operating systems, has been designed to provide useful information such as real-time timetables and bus routes to all citizens. Together with UICI, the Italian Union of the Blind and the Visually Impaired, the app has been optimized for the blind, to facilitate its effectiveness and usability as much as possible. The app uses Open Data, thanks to which it is possible to know the location of all the shelters located on the territory and all the routes traveled by the various bus lines. In addition, thanks to the GTFS standard, General Transit Feed Specification, which defines a common format for public transport timetables and related geographical information, the model could be replicated for other Italian cities.

Speaker: Simone Sensidoni - bitApp

Track Maker - Roberto Gozzani presents his prototype devices for blind people     
Practical electronics, low cost 3D printing, sensors and tips to move from idea to prototype.

Speaker: Roberto Gozzani

15:00 Track 1 - Accessibility for the web: what it is, to whom it is addressed and why it is fundamental for a quality web (Fabrizio Caccavello - webaccessibile.org)
#web #dev #ux

15:00 Track 2 - Audio-game (Simone Dosi - Bolopix)
#dev #ux #game #audiogame

Track 1 - Web accessibility: what it is, to whom it is addressed and why it is fundamental for a quality web
Web accessibility is about people, it's not a question of code. Knowing the code is a fundamental skill, but accessible development is a basic strategy that must be rooted in all processes that affect the web. And the recipients are just the people, all of them.
There are no standard or normal users, but countless types of users who use the web in the most disparate forms. If on the one hand it is impossible to think of knowing every feature that distinguishes one user from another, on the other, being aware of who they are and what they do to users is essential to create good experiences of use.

Speaker: Fabrizio Caccavello - webaccessibile.org - Agency for Digital Italy

Track 2 - Audio-game
Writing video games with Simone Dosi, founder of Bolopix and developer, among others, of "Space Squids"; and & quot; Space Encounter & quot ;. The latter is his first audio-game, developed at 18 years together with Ivan Venturi of IV Productions .
Simone, along with Ivan Venturi, Mirko Venturi, Luca Contato and Stefano Enea Cabra is a founding member of the Audiogames Association and currently works on the development of the third chapter of the audio-game of "Eymerich the inquisitor".

Speaker: Simone Dosi - Bolopix

4.00pm Track 1 - Creating accessible sites with Wordpress and WooCommerce (Rafael Minuesa - translator Clara Ori)
#dev #ux #web #wordpress #woocommerce

4:00 pm Track 2 - Accessibility in mobile development for iOS and Android (Mattia Ducci - EveryWare Lab, University of Milan)
#dev #ux #mobile #ios #android

Track 1 - Create accessible sites with Wordpress and WooCommerce

Speaker: Rafael Minuesa - translator Clara Ori
Web Manager specialized in WordPress and WooCommerce, cofounder of AccessibleWeb and collaborator in the project Make WordPress Accessible

Track 2 - Accessibility in mobile development for iOS and Android
This presentation aims to illustrate the principles and techniques for designing and developing apps for iOS and Android so that they are accessible to everyone, even at those who use voice readers and magnifying tools to use smartphones and tablets. The principles and techniques will be presented through examples taken from the experience acquired by the EveryWare laboratory of the University of Milan in the design and development of accessible apps.

Speaker: Mattia Ducci - EveryWare Lab, University of Milan

16:45 Coffee-break

17:15 Track 1 - Accessibility and SEO "User First" (Antonino Cotroneo and Nico Guzzi)
#seo #web #ux #dev

17:15 Track 2 - Accessibility in Windows environment beyond its limits! (Stefano Scala)
#dev #ux #dev #desktop #windows

Track 1 - Accessibility and SEO "User First"
How and why the accessibility of a website has an impact on its positioning in search engines. We talk about it with Webranking, the largest independent Search Marketing agency in Italy that, with 20 years of experience, offers strategic digital marketing consultancy for the most important Italian and international brands.

Speaker: Antonino Cotroneo (trainer I.Ri.Fo.R) and Nico Guzzi (Head of SEO of Webranking S.r.l.)

Track 2 - Accessibility in the Windows environment beyond its limits!
After the session of the last edition, in which he showed us the experience of a disabled developer in Windows, Stefano Scala will show us how to reach and vocalize inaccessible areas of the screen, overcoming the limitations of the functionalities made available by the main screen reader and accessibility APIs.
Through a specific application developed by him in .NET with the aid of current assistive technologies, we will see how to perform these operations otherwise impossible.

Speaker: Stefano Scala

6.00 pm Snack and walk in the dark
#aperitivoalbuio #passeggiataalbuio

At the end of the Accessibility Days we will have an experience that will allow us to understand firsthand what it means to live with a visual disability: the aperitif in the dark!
It will be an experience that will make us understand how, by renouncing things visually; our relationship with the environment and food will change completely: we will even struggle to recognize what we are eating, as long as we are able to find the food above the table :)

A "special" bar
The location chosen for the aperitif will also be part of the experience: it is "L'Altro Spazio", the "first inclusive bar in Italy", a place designed and built for people with disabilities. We will not disclose anything else about it, but surely the club itself will allow us to learn a lot about the subject of accessibility!

Walk in the Dark
And to enrich even more the experience, we will give the possibility to the participants to join the journey that will take us from the Istituto Cavazza (place of the Accessibility Days) to the bar "L'Altro Spazio" (aperitif place) walking in the dark, assisted by the guides of the UICI: probably will be the "strongest" of experiences, the one that will require more courage :)

20:00 Finish Snacks time



Workshops and information points (Ask the Expert)

The Makers' Corner
#iot #maker #dev

Although developers and designers are important, a key role in improving the quality of life of people with disabilities in the current era, are the makers , with their creations!
We have available tools that make things unthinkably possible until a few years ago: electronic cards for everyone, sensors, 3D printers, just to name a few.
In this corner we will give free rein to the imagination, to experiment how to use these tools to have a more "accessible" world.

Ask The Expert about "Web accessibility" with Fabrizio Caccavello from webaccessibile.org
#web #ux #dev

In addition to the web accessibility session, Fabrizio Caccavello will be available to answer questions and discuss this topic.

Ask The Expert for "Accessibility in mobile development" (Mattia Ducci - EveryWare Lab, University of Milan)
#dev #mobile #ios #android

In addition to the accessibility session in mobile development, Mattia Ducci will be available to answer questions and discuss this topic.

JOOMLA information point! The sites of the future will be accessible
#joomla #web #dev #ux

During the day, the members of the Association Joomla! Lombardia will be available to provide information and comparisons on the theme of accessibility and templates accessible Joomla!
Moreover, they will be able to show the participants (through suitably modified eyeglasses) the main problems concerning people with visual disabilities.
The Joomla! Lombardy organizes training courses, events and wide-ranging events that touch all the topics of communication and the internet. The project 'The sites of the future will be accessible' includes a series of informative meetings and a series of training sessions as well as the design of Joomla! accessible and joining the Joomla.org international accessibility team that is working to make Joomla version 4.0 accessible! also in the administrative side (back end).

UICI information point
#general

During the day, the young people of the UICI (Italian Blind and Visually Impaired Union) will be available to provide information and comparisons on the topic of disability and accessibility of applications and devices.
In addition, they will be able to explain to the participants the "traditional" tools used daily by people with visual disabilities.

Information point Istituto F. Cavazza (Giovanni Cellucci)
#general

During the day, Giovanni Cellucci will be available to give information about the F. Cavazza Institute of the Blind and its activities.

Punto informativo per le tecnologie assistive di Apple (MED Store e Universal Access)
#mobile #apple #dev #ux

For those who can not attend the Friday morning session, it will be possible to demonstrate the assistive technologies provided natively with the new generation of Apple devices.
In particular, it will be discovered that devices apparently unusable by people with visual disabilities, such as smartphones and tablets with touch screens, manage to become completely accessible thanks to the technologies contained in them.
Participants can also try these technologies themselves, thanks to the devices kindly made available by the MedStore in Ancona.

Fondazione LIA – libri e pubblicazioni digitali accessibili per tutti (Gregorio Pellegrino – responsabile progetti di ricerca e sviluppo)
#lia #editoria #publishing

Fondazione LIA collaborates with content producers (publishers, organizations and public and private institutions) to make culture accessible to people with visual impairments. The accumulated experience and participation in the most important international working groups working in this field, make the Foundation a national and international reference point. The workshop will provide useful information for those who want to approach the production of accessible digital content and for those who want to know the potential offered by digital reading.
Fondazione LIA (Libri Italiani Accessibili) is a non-profit organization that promotes the integration and active participation in the world of culture of people with visual impairment, allowing them to choose how, when and, above all, what to read. To do this, Fondazione LIA carries out awareness and promotion events, research on the accessibility of digital publications, training courses and consultancy activities.
Since its inception has collaborated with l’Unione Italiana Ciechi e Ipovedenti (UICI) which, in November 2017, became an institutional participant. Currently, in addition to the Italian Association of Publishers (AIE), 16 publishers are members of the Foundation and a library loan platform (Media Library Online).
The Foundation is an active member of an international network that deals with accessibility and digital publishing. In particular, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the W3C Business Publishing Group (World Wide Web Consortium), the EDRLab Board (European Digital Reading Laboratory), the Readium Foundation which develops digital reading solutions and operates internationally. It also participates in the main international working groups on accessibility: Transition to accessible EPUB of the DAISY Consortium, DIAGRAM standard & amp; TIES Production group and collaborates with the International Observatory on the accessibility of reading solutions developed by IDPF, DAISY Consortium and BISG (Book Industry Study Group).


Museums

Visit to the Tactile Anteros Museum
#museotattile #visit

Free visits from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm

Close your eyes and for a moment imagine you are in a museum full of statues, or be in a city of art with monuments, but you can not see them because everything is dark.
At the F. Cavazza Institute there is the Tattile Anteros Museum, thanks to which we will have the opportunity to experience firsthand how a blind person can "live the art", visiting the museum blindfolded and exploring with others senses at our disposal the present works. They are a reproduction in bas-relief of famous paintings between the Middle Ages and the Modern Age: will we recognize them? :)
In any case, even without the use of sight, art will still give us emotions!

Visit to the Tolomeo Museum: between Stories, Art and Technologies
#museotolomeo #visit

Free visits from 11:00 to 15:00

The Tolomeo Museum, housed inside the F. Cavazza Institute, collects various objects, technological and otherwise, that have gone through the history of Cavazza and have intertwined with the life of the city of Bologna. n environment between interactive intermediate installation and environmental art.
Inside there is an exhibition that tells the story of the technology created to allow blind people to read, write and perceive the reality that surrounds them: history that goes hand in hand with that of the Cavazza Institute, which of a century deals with the training of blind people in industrious activities, aimed above all at technology.
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Accessibility Days is a free event organized by non-profit associations.
If you'd like, you can help us to pay the costs for the organization with a small financial contribution.
We have defined a number of sponsorship levels, which can be found at this page.
Contact us at [email protected] and we'll show you how you can help us support the event and make it even better!

Location

Istituto dei Ciechi F. Cavazza - Bologna

The event will take place entirely at the F. Cavazza Institute of the Blind , in Bologna.
Find information on how to get there and about the parking lots at this page .

The Francesco Cavazza Institute of the Blind was founded in Bologna in 1881 by a group of young people belonging to the nobility of the city, among which Count Francesco Cavazza. From the beginning he deals with the integration, training, rehabilitation and autonomy of blind and partially sighted people. Always attentive to social changes and technical and scientific progress, it has changed its activity to offer the blind and the visually impaired Italian the best opportunities for training, study and professional integration.

FAQ

Who is this initiative for?

The event is aimed at all people who deal with digital technologies and who want, or need, to learn more about the issue of accessibility and disability.
That includes not only developers, designers, manufaturers, but also bloggers, influencers, etc ... all of you are welcome!

How can I get to the event?

Find information on how to reach the F. Cavazza Institute at this page.

Where can I park?

Find information on car parkings at this page.
In particular, the "Ex-Staveco" car park is the closest to the outside of the ZTL area, from there you can reach the Cavazza Institute in 5 minutes on foot.

Are there only talks aout visual impairments?

The event was organized together with organizations that deal with visual disabilities, such as UICI Ancona and Bologna, in addition to the F. Cavazza Institute, so we have more skills and resources to deal with this type of disability. <