Learning Lunch: The accessibility advantage
June 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Please note: Learning Lunches are for PRINZ members only.
There are over one million New Zealanders currently living with a disability or access need in our communities today. As communicators it’s important we understand how to make our messages accessible or a large group of New Zealanders can miss out on information.
Come along to our June Learning Lunch in Wellington and discuss Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), what it means for you and how you can implement it within your role. Maia Miller, Accessibility Practice Lead, and Sarah Young, BA/UX and Accessibility Team Lead, both from Catalyst IT, will lead the discussion.
When your website meets WCAG standards, everyone benefits. Web accessibility ensures all kinds of people can interact with and contribute to the web. But the case for accessibility doesn’t stop there: accessible websites lead to better Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), more robust code, and lower costs in the long run.
Since 2019, all public service and non-public service agencies must meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 at Level AA. Catalyst is the first New Zealand supplier to have gained a place on our Government’s Marketplace for Web Accessibility.
Maia Miller, Frontend Developer and Accessibility Practice Lead, Catalyst IT
Trained in React, Angular, HTML and CSS, Maia has worked on projects for clients including Education Review Board, Department of Internal Affairs, CrashHub for Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency, and NZ Police. In her role as Accessibility Practice Lead, Maia has developed and currently delivers Catalyst’s Web Accessibility training course, as well as performs audits and provides consultation to organisations seeking to implement accessible practices into their work. Maia is recognised for having both a technical and holistic understanding of web accessibility and brings an engaging, charismatic style to discussions about web accessibility.
Sarah Young, BA/UX/Accessibility Team Lead, Catalyst IT
Sarah has a passion for creating great user experience. With over 15 years of experience, she has built up a variety of techniques to draw out business and end-user needs and requirements. Techniques include workshops and one-on-one interviews, wireframing, prototyping and design reviews. As the BA/UX/Accessibility Team Lead, Sarah has helped to embed accessibility into Catalyst. She has the skills to create content for all applications and websites and decide on structures so the users’ needs are met and is very comfortable using a range of analytic tools. Some of Sarah’s projects and customers include CrashHub for Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency, The Education Review Office and the New Zealand Defence Force.
This learning lunch is brought to you by PRINZ Central Division Committee.
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PRINZ Learning Lunch
The Learning Lunch is a relaxed, informal networking event for PRINZ members. It is a chance for members to come together and exchange ideas and experiences, so we encourage our members to come along as we would love to hear your thoughts. There is no cost involved unless you wish to order coffee or lunch.
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