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Homer Gaines, CPACC

Homer Gaines, CPACC

Staff UI Engineer and Certified Accessibility Professional

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

I'm a Front-end Developer with over 30 years of experience in the field and an independent recording artist. With a background in Behavioral Psychology, specializing in Neurology and Graphic Design, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my role. As a Staff UI Engineer, certified accessibility professional, and international speaker, I focus on advancing accessible front-end development.

Awards

  • Most Active Speaker 2023

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Media & Information
  • Physical & Life Sciences

Topics

  • Accessibility
  • A11y
  • WCAG 2.0
  • ARIA
  • UX
  • UI
  • DX
  • User Experience
  • User Interface Design
  • Web Design
  • Web Apps
  • Front-End Development
  • Web Development
  • Modern Web
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • TypeScript
  • Semantic Web
  • Psychology
  • neurology
  • Neurodiversity
  • UX Design
  • UX / Accessibility
  • UI/UX Design
  • UI flows
  • UI Design
  • UI Development
  • GUI Design
  • UX Developer
  • inclusion
  • inclusive design
  • Digital Inclusion
  • inclusive diversity
  • Inclusivity
  • Gui Library
  • Design System
  • Design Patterns
  • Interface Design
  • Scalable Design Systems
  • Design Thinking

Accessible Presentations

Accessible presentations are important because they allow everyone, regardless of disability, to participate and benefit from the presented information. Making presentations accessible is an important step towards making our presentations more inclusive and accessible to everyone.

In this talk, we'll cover inclusive design tips based on established practices, such as using clear and concise language, using large fonts and high-contrast colors, and avoiding the use of too much text on each slide.

Accessible presentations are important because they allow everyone, regardless of disability, to participate and benefit from the presented information. Making presentations accessible is an important step towards making our presentations more inclusive and accessible to everyone.

Beyond Alt Descriptions: Authoring Accessible Content

Inclusive content writing is more than providing atl descriptions for images and transcripts for videos. It's authoring material that is considerate, respectful, and accessible to a diverse audience, regardless of their background, identity, abilities, and learning styles. Inclusive content writing ensures everyone can engage with and understand the presented content. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how people with various neurological disabilities perceive content and how to apply the applicable WCAG 2.2 Success Criteria. This talk also covers a few best practices for authoring inclusive content to improve the user's experience. We will also dive into modern technology, such as AI, to assist with the writing process.

Inclusive content writing is more than providing atl descriptions for images and transcripts for videos. It's authoring material that is considerate, respectful, and accessible to a diverse audience, regardless of their background, identity, abilities, and learning styles.

Accessibility Auditing: Getting Started with Accessibility

This workshop is for people that are just starting or want to get started learning accessibility and how to audit. Or for the people that are in Accessibility that want a refresher or are looking to change their workflows.

The overall points an attendee should take away and learn from this workshop are:

- Differences between auditing websites and mobile apps
- What to look for when auditing
- The WCAG guidelines and best practices
- Tools to use and how to use them
- Differences between automated and manual testing
- Documentation of audits and scoring them for clients
- Using the data to make sites more accessible
- Workflows and toolkits that make for efficient auditing.

By the time the workshop has ended, the attendee should be able to go out and audit websites for accessibility.

Accessibility as a Process

Your project isn't ADA compliant, now what? Where do you even begin to apply the information in the WCAG? This talk will help explain the sections of the WCAG and how to include accessibility your project plans.

The WCAG provides a great deal of information to help companies build accessible projects on the web. But it's not uncommon for those who try to navigate its content to become overwhelmed. This can lead to task paralysis making it difficult to take the next steps towards fixing the issues with your project. This talk will highlight a few common accessibility issues and how to use the various sections of the WCAG and RACI to help establish a way forward. Allowing you to move forward with building a better, more inclusive product.

Your project isn't ADA compliant, now what? Where do you even begin to apply the information in the WCAG? This talk will help explain the sections of the WCAG and how to include accessibility your project plans.

Addressing Challenges and Embracing Neurodiversity

This research-based talk will look at Long COVID and how it affects the accessible user experience, bring awareness to cognitive disabilities and what we as content creators can do to make our applications more accessible. Listeners will gain an understanding of various barriers and challenges that people with cognitive disabilities face on a daily basis when interacting with software products. In addition, they will learn how to build more inclusive products.

This research-based talk will look at Long COVID and how it affects the accessible user experience and how we as software developers can improve our products.

The Four Principles of Accessibility

While many in the dev community are aware of inclusive practices, the reasons are still not understood. My talk walks the listener through the WCAG 2.2 and explains how the four principles, collectively referred to as POUR, apply to product design and development. These four principles specifically target areas where users have trouble accessing digital content. The goal is to help product teams understand how to think about and approach accessibility so they can build products that enable independence.

Learn about the four principles of accessibility and how to they are key to building inclusive products. The goal is to help product teams understand how to think about and approach accessibility so they can build products that enable independence.

Accessible Components

Within the WCAG 2.2, web-accessible content is broken into four principles collectively referred to as POUR. This acronym stands for Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust. With POUR as the foundation, this talk will provide guidance for understanding how to think and approach building accessible components.

With WCAG 2.2 as the foundation, this talk will provide guidance for understanding how to think and approach building accessible components.

Keyboard traps and how to escape them

Part of my Empathy Series: Keyboard traps are instances where keyboard users encounter areas of an app or website where they can't move forward in the process. Effectively, they are blocked due to the keyboard actions being "trapped" on a particular element. In this talk, I will discuss common causes of keyboard traps and how to fix them.

Keyboard traps are instances where keyboard users encounter areas of an app or website where they can't move forward. In this talk, I will discuss common causes of keyboard traps and how to fix them.

Getting started with screen readers

Part of my Empathy Series: Screen readers are used by many people with and without disabilities. As developers, screen readers are an important tool because they help us manually test the accessible support of our web-based content in addition to providing insight into how users perceive our content. In this discussion, we will cover the most popular screen readers, their settings and how to get started with them.

Screen readers are used by many people with and without disabilities. In this discussion, we will cover the most popular screen readers, their settings and how to get started with them.

Seeing Eye to Eye : Design that Benefits us All

While color contrast is a valid concern, it's not the only design aspect affecting the user experience. This talk will dive into the design process to shine some light on various friction points that create barriers for users and practical solutions on how to fix them.

By learning how to apply the tools we as designers already use, we will better understand how unconscious bias drives design decisions giving us the confidence to address blind spots early.

Render Atlanta 2024 Upcoming

June 2024 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

MagnoliaJS 2023

October 2023 Jackson, Mississippi, United States

Beer City Code 2023

August 2023 Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

KCDC 2023

June 2023 Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Vueconf.US 2023

May 2023 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Stir Trek 2023

May 2023 Columbus, Ohio, United States

Orlando Code Camp 2023

March 2023 Sanford, Florida, United States

Modern Frontends Live! 2022

November 2022 London, United Kingdom

Connect.Tech 2022

November 2022 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

KCDC 2022

August 2022 Kansas City, Missouri, United States

CodeStock 2022

April 2022 Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

CodeMash 2022

January 2022 Sandusky, Ohio, United States

Atlanta Code Camp 2021

October 2021 Marietta, Georgia, United States

Orlando Codecamp & Tech Conference 2020

March 2020 Sanford, Florida, United States

Homer Gaines, CPACC

Staff UI Engineer and Certified Accessibility Professional

Atlanta, Georgia, United States