Discussion: Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion
During this session, our fantastic host Vernon Richards, invited three experts in the fields of Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion.
Krys Catterall, a Senior Test Analyst, has shared her fantastic story on how she became a speaker at TestBash UK 2023. Krys, who has physical disabilities and experiences first-hand what that means for her in her personal and work lives, will join us again to answer all your questions on how to become more inclusive and how to influence others to do the same.
Ady Stokes is a well-known passionate about accessibility and inclusion and has, throughout the years influenced a lot of people within the industry and beyond to always have accessibility at the forefront of their products. Ady will bring once again all of his knowledge and answer any questions you might have.
Scott Kenyon, also a very well known community member, has been part of the testing community for many years focusing on communication and neurodiversity in testing. Scott being neurodiverse himself, brings a different perspective to his own work and strongly believes in collaborative methods, using different techniques and people's perspectives to look at things from many angles.
Watch their TestBash UK 2023 talks and get hands-on with the activities:
- Accessibility Charters Introduction with Ady Stokes and Scott Kenyon
- Navigating Accessibility Together - A Guided Collaborative Discussion curated by Ady Stokes and Scott Kenyon
- Physical Disabilities in the Workplace: Find a More Sustainable and Supportive Way to Keep Amazing People with Krys Catterall
Be More Empathetic curated by Krys Catterall
What you’ll learn
By the end of this talk, you'll be able to:
- How to make your working environment and culture work for you as a person living with a disability. Manage your Manager!
- How to create a supportive and enabling culture, and a place where people with a disability want to work
- How to consider accessibility in your day-to-day work
- What to do when encountering barriers for accessibility
- Learn ways to promote inclusion in proposed designs
Quality Engineering Architect
@A11y_Ady on Twitter. Passionate about accessibility, exploring and testing as part of the creation and development of software. I help teams build better software and I strongly believe in collaborative methods and using different thought techniques and people perspectives to look at things from many angles. Accessibility is about inclusion, not just disability. In my career I’ve been a Director. Test, BI and Logistics Manager. Tester, Test Engineer, QA, Site Lead Tester, Quality Engineering Architect and any other value adding role required at the time. I have also taught, coached and mentored people throughout my career. My career highlight is creating the Software Tester Apprenticeship for the Coders Guild and training people to get their first role in IT through government sponsored free training courses based on my apprenticeship. I have my own blog at The Big Test Theory.com sharing my thoughts, occasional poetry and my Periodic Table of Testing, a visual heuristic showing the breadth of the testing universe.
Freelance Digital Delivery Trainer
My name is Scott , I have been part of the testing community for many years focusing on communication and neurodiversity in testing. being diverse myself i bring a different perspective on my own testing I strongly believe in collaborative methods and using different thought techniques and people's perspectives to look at things from many angles. Communication is about the influence and impact we can have on others through testing and how we talk about it. I now coach and teach testing and digital management to lots of people across the full spectrum of software delivery. I have pioneered and developed the use of Charters across the digital workspace to enable clean and efficient ways of working.
Senior Test Analyst
Krys is a Senior Test Analyst with a specialism in exploratory and manual testing. She moved into the test industry in 2019 and is an advocate for people with disabilities. You can often find her surrounded by gadgetry and geeky objects as she is a self proclaimed nerdy geek. Born in Australia she has an odd sense of humour and has made some hilarious cultural faux pas.