Ashleigh Lodge

Ashleigh Lodge

Ashleigh is the Application Development Manager at Neovation Learning Solutions in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She is a vocal advocate for accessibility and inclusive design, working to make Neovation's products more accessible to users of all types and abilities.

In her free time, you can usually find her with Pokémon Go open on her phone, no matter where she is or what she's (supposed to be) doing.

Montreal 2020 sessions

First Rule of ARIA: Don't Use ARIA

English session - Intermediate

What do you know about ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications)? If you've heard of it, you might know that it's for making websites more accessible, right? What if I told you that bad ARIA is actually worse than no ARIA at all?

Some accessibility is built-in to web dev, so ARIA isn't always needed. But when it is, it's crucial to understand what you're doing, so you don't end up with a site that's less accessible than when you started.

What is Accessibility & Why Does It Matter?

English session - Beginner

Do you know what accessibility is & why it's critical for 20%+ of your users? Have you ever heard of WCAG, POUR or ARIA? Accessibility should be a key element of our processes, but many people haven't even heard of it. In this introductory session you'll learn about assistive devices & technologies, accessibility standards & tools, and come away with quick & easy next steps for making your sites and applications more accessible to everyone.