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My Take on CSUN Assistive Technology Conference 2019
a woman who is visually impaired trying on a headset imaging device at the CSUN conference

My Take on CSUN Assistive Technology Conference 2019 | By: Mike Fox

Being the biggest tech conference in our field, CSUN was an amazing experience. The trip was fun, and I learned about things that will help improve both our compliance testing process and our accessibility software development. I’ve attended a lot of developer events, but few cover accessibility on that level. CSUN is as good as it gets, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to attend.

On the compliance side, I found out about the latest and greatest tools, and got a preview of upcoming changes in the WCAG standards. I also got a look at another team’s process, including some high-level statistics about their findings. I even learned a thing or two about the legal aspect of compliance testing and where the ADA fits in the grand scheme of things.

And on the software development side, I learned a lot about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in accessibility applications. It was fascinating to get into the details of how it works and what it can do. I also learned a few new tricks for making web content more accessible, things I can use both in my own projects and recommend in our audits.

Find out more about what our Digital Accessibility Services team can do for you: wcagcompliancecheck.com

Mike Fox is a Software Developer and team lead in the Digital Accessibility Services division at Lighthouse Works. Mike’s work involves not only testing existing software for accessibility, but developing accessibility solutions for our Call Center, and creating new software that is accessible “out of the box”. To hear a recent news story that features Mike and a new Microsoft tool designed to teach coding to young people who are visually impaired, CLICK HERE.