August 6-7, 2015 — Mobile Accessibility "Bootcamp"

Comprehensive Training on Mobile Accessibility

This event has concluded. Refer to the main Deque University events page for our current schedule.

This workshop will walk you through everything you need to know to create accessible mobile web sites and accessible mobile apps. You'll also receive 6 months of access to Deque's online courses so you can review what you learned during the workshop.


Part 1: August 6, 2015 (9:00am-5:00pm)
Part 2: August 7, 2015 (9:00am-3:30pm)

See the schedule for details.


Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704

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  • Paul J. Adam, Senior Accessibility Consultant and Mobile Accessibility Guru, Deque
  • Susan Hewitt, Senior Accessibility Consultant, Deque
  • Jeanine Linebeck, Digital Accessibility Expert, Deque
  • Paul Bohman, Director of Training, Deque


This is an ambitious list of topics. It's an accelerated workshop designed to give you a full taste of what's possible, and then allow you to review and learn more at your own pace after the workshop though Deque University's online courses.

Accessibility Fundamentals:

  • Types of disabilities
  • How people with disabilities use computers and the web
  • Demonstrations of assistive technologies: screen readers, screen magnifiers, etc.
  • Applying accessible design principles to the web (perceivable, operable, understandable, robust)
  • Universal design and usability for disabilities and general audiences
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0
  • Laws, regulations, and legal compliance

Mobile Web Accessibility Techniques

  • Responsive designs
  • Gestures
  • Structure and semantics
  • Images
  • Tables, including responsive/compact tables
  • Forms, including HTML 5 data types, placeholders, labels, etc.
  • ARIA and JavaScript for interactive widgets
  • Focus management
  • Testing techniques and tools for native applications

Mobile Application Accessibility Techniques

  • The accessibility tree in the operating system
  • How to take advantage of the native accessibility API
  • Labels for controls, form elements, images, etc.
  • Hybrid web/native mobile applications
  • Testing techniques and tools for native applications

Using Mobile Screen Readers and Other Accessibility Features

The workshop will focus on iOS and Android, including:

  • The basics of using a screen reader to test for accessibility
  • Gestures and input methods
  • Accessibility options for low vision, cognitive disabilities, color blindness, and motor disabilities


Part 1: Thursday August 6 (Mobile Web Accessibility Techniques)

  • 8:30-9:00 — Breakfast (provided by Deque)
  • 9:00-9:15 — Introductions & Overview
  • 9:15-10:15 — Accessibility Fundamentals
  • 10:15-10:45 — Using the Accessibility Features of iOS and Android
  • 10:45-11:00 — Break
  • 11:00-12:30 — Mobile Web Accessibility Techniques
  • 12:30-1:30 — Lunch (provided by Deque)
  • 1:30-3:00 — Mobile Web Accessibility Techniques (continued)
  • 3:00-3:15 — Break
  • 3:15-5:00 — Mobile Web Accessibility Techniques (continued)
  • 6:00 — Optional dinner at local restaurant (not provided by Deque)

Part 2: Friday August 7 (Mobile Web & App Accessibility Techniques)

  • 8:30-9:00 — Breakfast (provided by Deque)
  • 9:00-10:30 — Mobile Web Application Accessibility Techniques (continued)
  • 10:30-10:45 — Break
  • 10:45-12:00 — Mobile Application Accessibility Techniques
  • 12:00-1:00 — Lunch (provided by Deque)
  • 1:00 - 3:30 — Mobile Application Accessibility Techniques (continued)

You'll have enough time on the last day of training to get to the airport and fly home in the evening if necessary.

Breakfast and lunch are included on both days. If the group is interested, we'd be happy to reserve some tables and join you at one of the great local restaurants. The cost of dinner is not included, but we'll be sure to offer up some fun conversation!

What to Bring

Bring your own mobile devices: the more the better. If you have access to both an iOS device and an Android device, that would be ideal, but at a minimum you should bring at least one mobile device. You should ensure that TalkBack is installed on your Android device. You may need to download it from Google Play. All iOS devices come with VoiceOver already installed.

Travel and Accommodations

Dulles airportDriving and Parking: Parking is available at the Palmer Parking Garage, adjacent to the facility with two entrances (from Barton Springs Road or Riverside Drive). Parking cost is $7. Disability-accessible parking is available on all levels near the elevators. For more detailed information, see the parking information page on the Palmer Event Center website.

Bus: The following bus stops are near the event center:

  • South 1st Street and Riverside
  • South 1st Street and Barton Springs Road
  • 300 Barton Springs Road
  • Congress and Riverside
  • Congress and Barton Springs Road

Airport: The main airpor is Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.


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