Inclusive User Testing: Guelph Accessibility Conference 2017

The University of Guelph in Ontario holds an accessibility conference each year (this was its ninth), aptly named the Guelph Accessibility Conference. This year the theme was around becoming catalysts for inclusion within their organizations or with other organizations. I had the pleasure of presenting a brand new talk on usability testing.

I have embedded my slides from the conference. If the embed is a hassle for you, you can view the slides directly on SlideShare.

About the Photos

Slide 4 is a photo from the Save the Dream and Sasol joint National Sport Day in Qatar. Normally I am wary of “disability tourism”, but the event managed to raise awareness for inclusivity partly by including high-profile Qatari athletes.

Slide 7 is a scan of the notes of student who was creating a floor plan using nothing but sign language from the instructor.

Slide 11 is from a train station in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic. It is a bit unfair of me to use the image, since the metal tracks laid over the stairs are probably not for a wheelchair, but more likely for delivery carts. Regardless, the image is compelling as an analogue to poor bolt-on efforts.

Slide 13 is a photo from the Deaf-Blind Camp of Maryland visiting NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. Campers ranged in age from 18 to 80 and had the opportunity to experience aspects of NASA that were otherwise unavailable to them.

None of the other images have much of a back-story to them, but instead just fit my narrative.


Categories: Development, User Experience (UX)