Given the divisive social and political climate, the Advomatic team has been thinking a lot about about how to recommit to concrete practices of inclusivity in our day-to-day life and work. These are conversations that come up regularly at our weekly team meetings and monthly social hours.
So when it came time to plan our contribution to the Nonprofit Technology Conference this year, the session ideas we threw around were a natural extension of the conversations we were already having.
Inclusion feels urgent to us these days. We wanted our contribution to NTC to reflect that. We we wanted to demonstrate how to include and serve more people, now, no matter your resources or organizational structure, by making thoughtful choices on how to manage and develop your website.
Our first session was Website Accessibility is a Social Justice Issue, presented with our friends Johanna Bates from DevCollab and Eileen Webb from Webmeadow. We aimed to give people actions they could do now, without the need for a lot of institutional support and resources.
We talked about how simple choices you make for content, design and code can make a real difference in your site’s accessibility. Check out the collaborative notes which include links to resources and to the slide deck.
Our second session, How to Add Multilingual Content to an Existing Site was co-presented with our client Barbara Tobias of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Our technical manager, Dave Hansen-Lange, talked about adding multilingual content on your site is more than just a response to your analytics, but a way to create a subtle experience that over time can create a cultural and psychological shift for all of us toward empathy and diversity.
We walked through how good planning and a truthful assessment of your capacity and resources is especially important when planning to add languages and how its best to start simple and add on. Barbara walked the group through a practice planning session using her organization as an example. Here are the collaborative notes for this session.
At the Advomatic booth, we offered five-minute Lighthouse accessibility evaluations, which were very popular – along with the stickers and lollipops, of course. While people waited for the results, we provided a monitor where they could use their site while simulating different disabilities using Funkify, an open source disability simulator.
We hope this will help people start the conversation in their organizations about what is possible.