Visualizing Inclusion: How Visual Collaboration Tools Transform Agile for All Abilities
David Ross Philip Strain

While general statistics, such as the WHO's estimate that 1 in 7 people have a disability suggest a lower prevalence of disabilities in the workforce, even one excluded team member can significantly impact team dynamics. This session addresses the necessity of accessibility-friendly sessions for Agile teams, considering various challenges such as visual and auditory impairments, physical mobility, light sensitivity, neurodiversity, and speech difficulties. Practical applications and approaches: Blindness/Substantial Visual impairment accommodations - To optimize for those using screen readers/text-to-speech, how do you set up a visual board/layout in a tool like Miro? How do you structure the data appropriately? Is it appropriate to create a text-based document as a companion to the board? Use alt-text in images, use header tags in text. Have a link strategy (describe where the links go before providing the link). Have people identify themselves every time they speak. Use an icebreaker where people physically describe themselves in words. Offer transcriptions for audio resources, captions/subtitles for video. Other visual impairment / Color Blindness / Light Sensitivity/ Seizure / dyslexia / ADHD accommodations (color schemes and/or fonts/typeface to avoid, being thoughtful of color/contrast choices, maximize focus, minimize distractions for motion sensitivities). Auditory impairment accommodations (closed captioning, ASL interpretation for large audience). Discuss use of Talktrack (record an ASL interpretation and is Talktrack compatible with screen readers or have simultaneous closed captions) Physical accommodations (ensure they have access to assistive devices if they cannot use keyboard/mouse). If including interactive activities, ensure they don’t require speed or long duration and are as simple as possible. Neurodiversity accommodations - Good news - remote work can help/reduce stress in those needing neurodiverse accommodations. However it may be appropriate to use structured communication/clear and well written instructions, visual cues/aids such as schedules/agendas and other easy to understand graphics, flexible breaks, accommodations around sensitivities involving light and/or noise, ensure they have advance training on the tool you are using to minimize stress. Speech accommodations - provide alternate ways to participate in sessions that may not be verbal (brain writing exercises, etc). Livestreamed Dallas to Manchester.

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Friday, July 26, 2024, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
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