Here are some key takeaways from The Accessible World's inaugural year - Generocity Philly

Method

May 3, 2016 12:53 pm

Here are some key takeaways from The Accessible World’s inaugural year

The conference was a reminder that we should all have an inherent interest in universal accessible design.

Ather Sharif welcomes attendees.

(Photo by Tony Abraham)

Earlier this year, EvoXLabs founder (and soon to be Comcast software engineer) Ather Sharif announced the launch of The Accessible World (TAW) conference, a local two-day event hoping to aggregate some best practices in accessibility.

Last week, Sharif welcomed attendees to the inaugural conference at the Free Library, explaining that the motive for the event was to bring attention to a modern lack of universal design across disciplines. The conference itself was split up into a number of different tracks including technology, education and public policy.

“The most interesting part is the audience is still the same for each track,” Sharif said. “The idea behind all that is to bring people together under one roof” to share best practices and raise awareness across disciplines. 

Sharif’s welcome address was followed by a keynote from FCC Chief of Disability Rights Gregory Hlibok, who explained he “wasn’t born into an accessible world,” but was born into a “barrier-free” one.

Hlibok was born deaf. Access wasn’t a concern until new technologies were introduced, he said before reminiscing on caption-free television.

From our Partners

“Accessiblity can break down anywhere,” said entrepreneur and accessible design practitioner Kel Smith. “I think I know how to fix it: Don’t treat accessibility as an afterthought. Think of accessibility as an opportunity — an opportunity to advance your space.” 

Smith recalled seeing a prototype of a Higi — a machine that measures health vitals in grocery stores — in Austin, Texas.

“Some places had a special room for it. It was workable,” he said. “There were other places that weren’t so workable,” pointing to an image on a slide of a Higi in a tight grocery store corner, blocked off by a number of carts. 

The major takeaway from the inaugural Accessible World conference? There’s a lot of work to be done in advocating, educating and advancing toward universal accessible design.

And it’s a fight we should all have an inherent interest in.

-30-
LEAVE A COMMENT

From our Partners

How Project HOME’s college access program provides a head start

Want to upskill? Consider learning American Sign Language

Become a Generocity member for a chance to win a free ticket to #TechForwardConf

SPONSORED

Generocity Philly

Systems blocking people from self-sufficiency

Center City Philadelphia

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia

Programs Manager, Creative & Innovative Businesses

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

Community Legal Services, Inc

Aging & Disabilities Unit Paralegal- Two (2) Job Openings

Apply Now

Can plastic straw bans balance the health of our planet with the needs of people with disabilities?

Looking at digital literacy through different lenses: Access and adoption, design, and digital equity

A baseball organization for teens and adults with autism is coming to Philly

SPONSORED

Generocity Philly

JEVS+SNHU partnership is creating affordable, flexible degree programs for Philly

Philadelphia

Fairmount Ventures Inc

Research Assistant (Part time)

Apply Now
Philadelphia

Fairmount Ventures Inc

Project Manager – Consultant

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

SteegeThomson Communications

Junior Associate

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity