A11yDevs Meetup: Accessible Content Loading with SPAs

When: Monday, February 10, 2020 at 6pm
Where: Pendo, 150 Fayetteville St #1400, Raleigh, NC

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Topic: Content Loading That Isn’t Broken

How to create Accessible Single-Page Applications? Vue-Announcer announces useful information for screen reader users. Learn how to use this plugin to customize receive alerts and notifications as users navigate your application.

Presenter Bio

Maria Lamardo is a Front End Engineer at Pendo, who works with Vue.js and has a particular passion for web accessibility. She is a very active community organizer in the RTP area of North Carolina and beyond, serving as the founder of Devs@RTP, the Worldwide Event Manager and NC Chapter leader for Vue Vixens, and the Co-Founder of A11y Devs.

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A11yDevs Meetup: Accessible Virtual and Augmented Reality (XR)

Are you curious to learn how Virtual and Augmented Reality (XR) technologies can be made accessible? This presentation will cover the findings of the recent W3C Workshop on applying Inclusive Design to the development of XR standards for the Web. The presentation will be full of examples and lessons learned from the conference.

  • What are XR Accessibility User Needs
  • Key principles of making XR experiences accessible
  • Lessons from existing Accessible XR products & prototypes
  • Conclusions from the W3C XR workshop

Presenter Bio

Thomas Logan has spent the past seventeen years assisting organizations to create technology solutions that work for people with disabilities. Over his career, Thomas has delivered projects for numerous federal, state and local government agencies as well as private sector organizations from startups to Fortune 500s. He is the owner of Equal Entry, whose mission is: “contributing to a more accessible world.” He is also co-organizer of Accessibility New York – a monthly Meetup for people interested in topics related to accessibility and people with disabilities. Thomas lives in Tokyo, Japan.


When: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 6pm
Where: Pendo, 150 Fayetteville, Raleigh

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A11yDevs Meetup: Modern Web Holiday Party

We are super excited to be hosting our annual Triangle Modern Web holiday party and to be co-hosting with Devs@RTP, Code Craftmanship Saturdays, TriangleJS, Triangle Node.js, GDG Triangle, RTP Angular.js, Triangle Serverless, Triangle Elixir, Triangle ReactJS, & Triangle Ruby for this awesome event!

Come and help us celebrate the end of the year & the holidays with a special meetup featuring a cookie exchange, white elephant and plenty of exciting lightning talks! You won’t want to miss out!

When: December 17, 2019 from 6:30PM – 9:00PM
Where: Pendo (150 Fayetteville St #1400 Raleigh, NC)

Lightning talks by…

Rob Ocel
Senior Software Engineer, This Dot Labs
Talk: A quick introduction to state machines using XState

Wayne Hui
Software Backend Engineer, Pentair
Talk: Interacting with SQL Server

Lucas Spusta
Talk: Top 5 VS code extensions

… plus more to be announced!

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A11yDevs Meetup: Focus on ARIA!

Join us for our next A11yDevs event, Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6pm in Durham!

Joel Crawford-Smith: Intro to ARIA

ARIA can be an intimidating and confusing topic. Even its name “Accessible Rich Internet Applications” is scary. But it does not need to be. There are some aspects of it that are safe for beginners, which can be beneficial to the people who rely on ARIA.

We need to rethink ARIA. ARIA is not writing code for a computer. ARIA is about improving human communication. Humans make content and interfaces for each other. The computer is just a translator. If we break ARIA down into nouns, verbs, and adjectives we can think about ARIA as short sentences. And most importantly, we will test what our sentences sound like on the other side of the screen reader.

Bio: Joel is a Duke Web Accessibility Administrator.

Maria Lamardo: Focus Management

Lets go over focus and how you can manage it in your application.

Bio: Maria Lamardo is a Front-End Engineer at Pendo


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First A11y Meetup!

Join us for the first ever Triangle Accessibility event, Monday, August 26 at 6pm!

Curious about accessibility but aren’t sure where to start? Come learn the basics about web accessibility!

Sylvia Pellicore: Basic Accessibility Fundamentals

Bio: Sylvia speaks, writes, and teaches about accessibility, works as an accessibility coordinator, and also provides freelance accessibility consulting and training.

Phil Daquila: How We Talk About Accessibility

All accessibility advocates and professionals have to talk with others
about accessibility. Maybe that’s a colleague, or a boss, or an
organizational leader, or a corporate client, to get awareness,
understanding, and buy-in. You have to explain a complex social topic to
a mixed audience that wears many hats and have different levels of
understanding about technology and accessibility. This presentation will
briefly detail how to communicate many accessibility basics to a diverse

Bio: Phil Daquila, Digital Accessibility Consultant at Deque Systems. Phil spent many years in media production, before devoting himself to practicing accessibility in web development and user experience. He honed his skills at UNC-CH before taking a job with Deque, one of the most well-renowned accessibility consultancies in the world. He is interested in the tactical and strategic aspects of digital accessibility, in higher education and in corporate business.

Joel Crawford-Smith: Intro to ARIA

Joel has rescheduled… stay tuned!


6:00 pm – Pizza / Networking
6:30 pm – Intro
6:45 pm – Basic Accessibility Fundamentals
7:15 pm – Break
7:30 pm – How We Talk About Accessibility
8:00 pm – Networking

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New Accessibility Meetup for RTP NC: A11yDevs

Fizz Studio is based in Chapel Hill, NC, in what we call the Triangle (RTP), and this area is lucky enough to have a good number of accessibility professionals. So, we’ve started a new accessibility meetup, A11yDevs! Triangle

Our goal with this meeting is to foster more local community among those professionals, as well as spread the word and teach others about best practices with inclusion.

We have some great local speakers planned, and we’re talking to hosts and sponsors. We’re also looking for more speakers.

If you’re interested in digital accessibility, and you live in the RTP area (or like to travel here!), please join A11yDevs, and follow us on Twitter at A11yDevs!

Update: new name!

To broaden our reach, reflect our pragmatic a11y solution focus, and sound a bit less like a company, we’ve changed the name of the meetup group from Triangle Accessibility / TriangleA11y to A11yDevs. All the names and links in our blog posts have been updated to avoid confusion.