Accessibility Camp Los Angeles

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What makes this event different from a traditional conference?
  2. Is this the first participant-driven event on digital accessibility?
  3. How much does it cost to participate in the event?
  4. How can I sponsor the event?
  5. When and where is the event taking place?
  6. Who should attend the event?
  7. What topics will be covered at the event?
  8. If I want to present on a topic, how will that work?
  9. If I present, am I expected to have a slide deck?
  10. If I present on a topic, what AV will be available?
  11. What’s happening for lunch?
  12. How do I indicate disability-related accommodation requests?
  13. Will there be WIFI at the event?
  14. Is there a Twitter account I can follow for the latest information on the event?
  15. Is there a Twitter hashtag for the event?
  16. Where can I stay if I am coming in from out of town?
  17. Can I get help finding a roommate to help cut down on hotel costs?
  18. Will there be event T-Shirts?

What makes this event different from a traditional conference?

Accessibility camp LA is a participant-driven event, known as a BarCamp or unconference. Participants will drive the day, including developing the session schedule the morning of the event. If you have never been to a BarCamp or unconference before you are encouraged to check out the Wikipedia entry for BarCamp to get an overall feel of what to expect during the day.

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Is this the first participant-driven event on digital accessibility?

Accessibility Camp Los Angeles is joining a series of sister events whose focus has been on digital accessibility and users with disabilities. Since 2009, these have taken place in: Washington D.C., Boston, Guelph, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Tokyo, and Seattle. Visit the Accessibility Camp website to learn more about the broader community that Accessibility camp LA is joining.

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How much does it cost to participate in the event?

Accessibility Camp LA is completely free to attend.

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How can I sponsor the event?

If you are interested in supporting the event, drop an e-mail to a11ycampla@gmail.com.

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When and where is the event taking place?

The event will take place at California State University Northridge in the Flintridge Room in the University Student Union (USU) located on the East side of campus. Unfortunately, this building does not have its own address. The address for the campus is 18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330. Information on parking will be e-mailed to registered attendees closer to the event.

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Who should attend the event?

Whether you are just getting started or advanced in your knowledge on digital accessibility, a student, professional, or a person with a disability, the event is for you. It is an opportunity for designers, developers, usability, accessibility, other IT professionals and users with disabilities to share and interact with each other. Whether you spend all, some, or none of your time working in digital accessibility, so long as you have an interest, please consider registering to attend.

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What topics will be covered at the event?

While topics will be determined the morning of the event by participants, so long as they relate to digital accessibility (e.g., web, mobile, social media, e-learning, touch screen technology) and users with a variety of disabilities, everything is open to discussion. Possible ideas include:

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If I want to present on a topic, how will that work?

The morning of the event, when participants introduce themselves, you will then have the opportunity to express your interest in presenting on a topic. Topics will be collected and either single person or panels lasting 45 minutes will be slotted into the schedule. Three sessions will run concurrently. No one is guaranteed a presentation slot, this is determined based on interest of fellow attendees. For anyone thinking of presenting, please read How to Make Presentations Accessible to All.

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If I present, am I expected to have a slide deck?

If you end up presenting, you are welcomed to use a slide deck. However, given the informal nature of the event, it is not a must. Bryce Johnson with Accessibility Camp Seattle explained it best when he said: “we want to emphasize conversation and reduce presentation.” Also, if you choose to provide handouts, you are responsible for making sure to bring accessible formats (e.g., Word, tagged PDF). E-mail a11ycampla@gmail.com with any questions. For anyone thinking of presenting, please read How to Make Presentations Accessible to All.

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If I present on a topic, what AV will be available?

All rooms will have data projectors. You are responsible for bringing your own laptop, if you choose to use a presentation deck. You’ll also be asked to provide an electronic copy to be linked to the event site post-event.

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What’s happening for lunch?

Lunch will be provided free of charge to registered attendees. Be sure to indicate any dietary requirements when you register.

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How do I indicate disability-related accommodation requests?

Please indicate whether you will need disability-related accommodations on the registration form. As this event is funded through sponsors, accommodations will be available based on funding received. You will be contacted to confirm accommodations prior to the event. All disability-related accommodations must be received no later than September 21 to allow for time to confirm appropriate arrangements.

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Will there be WIFI at the event?

There will be free WIFI at the event.

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Is there a Twitter account I can follow for the latest information on the event?

The Twitter handle for Accessibility camp LA is @a11ycampla.

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Is there a Twitter hashtag for the event?

The Twitter hashtag for the event is #a11yla. We encourage folks attending in person and remotely to use the hashtag.

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Where can I stay if I am coming in from out of town?

For information on nearby hotels, email a11ycampla@gmail.com.

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Can I get help finding a roommate to help cut down on hotel costs?

If you want to cut down on costs by trying to find someone to share a room, drop an e-mail to a11ycampla@gmail.com. As people make themselves known, you will be put in touch and then you can go from there.

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Will there be event T-Shirts?

Sponsorship depending, it would be great to have T-Shirts, wouldn’t it? Time will tell.

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Event Sponsors

CSUN Center on Disabilities CSUN Universal Design Center

Adaptech Research Network Adobe Accessible Media Inc. SSB BART Group The Paciello Group Diamond Web Services

PayPal The Cherry Hill Company DATAVERSITY WhiteFlash Consulting