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November 8, 2019

Brian O'Connor Talks Accessibility and Technology at World Usability Day 2019

Bresslergroup was excited to partner with PhillyCHI for the fifth year in a row to sponsor World Usability Day on Thursday, November 14th. World Usability Day (WUD) is a global event that aims to bring communities around the world together to learn how to make services and products easier to access and simpler to use.

WUD’s 2019 theme, Design for the Future We Want, was inspired by the United Nation’s seventeen Sustainable Development goals, which vary widely from “Good Health and Well Being” to “Gender Equality” to “Sustainable Cities and Communities.” These goals provide a roadmap for a future we can all agree is worth seeking to attain.

World Usability Day in Philadelphia featured a trio of talks around this theme that were curated by PhillyCHI to illuminate the future we’re designing for.  

Bresslergroup’s Software Engineering Manager, Brian O’Connor, gave a talk called “Our Digitally Accessible Future” that recognizes engineers’ and designers’ power and responsibility to create a future in which both the digital and physical realms are designed for people of all abilities. O’Connor showed how we can make this happen by how we go about shaping everyday experiences.

His talk provided a software engineer’s perspective on how project teams can work together to bake accessibility into products, including websites; and mobile, voice, and “interfaceless” applications. Read O’Connor’s writing on this topic in his recent blog post, Making Tech Accessible: How To Bake Accessibility into Software Development.

Also on the WUD Philadelphia agenda were talks about designing a trauma-informed content strategy for Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services; and finding different ways to connect with users that cut down on the digital pollution in our always-on, always-listening lives.  



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