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AI and Improving the Experience of Users Living With Disabilities

Session scheduled at 10:30-11:20 in Room 2 (Swain)

Websites are seldom built with accessibility in mind. But increasingly, tech giants from Apple to Google are focusing on using artificial intelligence techniques to tackle obstacles faced by people with disabilities. This session will look at how AI is already impacting digital accessibility and what’s in the works at present. We will also take a look into how AI could automate and simplify digital accessibility in the future.

In this presentation we will cover:

  1. Ways in which artificial intelligence is being used to improve the digital experience, and lives, of people living with disabilities, now and in the future.
  2. The use of AI focuses on accessibility testing to reduce the level of effort with built-in standards, and keep everyone consistent.
  3. The use of AI focuses on generating test code or pseudocode automatically by reading the user story acceptance criteria.
  4. Codeless test automation, would create and run tests automatically on your web or mobile application without writing any code.

Takeaways:

At the conclusion of this session, participants will come away with:

  • An understanding of how artificial intelligence is being used to assist those living with disabilities by companies.
  • Insights on how artificial intelligence will impact accessibility testing now and in the future.
  • A grasp of the challenges and triumphs with utilizing artificial intelligence in accessibility testing.

Attendee Skill Level: Introductory. This session is aimed at members of a web development team, both technical and non-technical, who want to become familiar with how AI is focusing on accessibility for people living with disabilities as well as its impact on accessibility testing.

Presented By

Sue Ann Rodriquez

Sue Ann Rodriquez is Director of Accessibility Services for WeCo.

A JAWS code developer who is blind, Sue Ann earned a MA in Digital Communication from Metropolitan University and has a background in applying disability-based UX to websites. Sue Ann currently directs a team of Accessibility Specialists at WeCo who develop disability-based UX test cases and reports which assist clients in making their software and website truly accessible to real people living with disabilities. She also oversees WeCo’s team of Certified Test Consultants, all of whom live with one or more disability.

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Chad Koch

Senior Accessibility Specialist

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