About the event

The 2019 meetup in Düsseldorf, our first one in the beautiful hometown of the beyond tellerrand conference, was a huge success — not least to trivago being a dream host for our awesome community. We tried to repeat this in 2020, but unfortunately we had to cancel our meetup #9 due to the upcoming COVID pandemic.

One and a half years later we are finally back with a new, hybrid format: Supported by beyond tellerrand founder Marc Thiele himself we'll bring you the first ever streaming event in the Accessibility Club's history. As this is something we have to get used to ourselves, we'll stick to running this as a talk / presentation based event.


Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

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Presentation 1: Could browsers fix more accessibility problems automatically?

Accessibility best practices and standards are great, but realistically, they don’t reach everybody. Part of the web is still inaccessible to people with disabilities. What if browsers could give users the power to override the web, and fix accessibility errors in web content whenever they can? In this talk, I will discuss accessibility features in today’s browsers and share what else could be done.

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Presentation 3: All Sizzle, No Steak

What you see you already have. In the US, there are more than a dozen companies claiming that if you add their widget to your site, it will automatically become accessible. They’re now starting to make their way to the EU. In this talk, I’ll show that the things they claim to add to your site already exist on your user’s computer and, furthermore, work better than these widgets.

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  • Portrait photo of Hidde de Vries

    Hidde de Vries

    Freelance front-end developer, excited about web standards, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and accessibility

    Hidde is a front-end web developer and accessibility specialist. On his blog he writes about HTML, CSS, JavaScript and accessibility. As a freelancer, he helps organisations create fast, scalable and accessible front-end solutions for their end users. His clients include Mozilla, W3C, the Dutch government and the European Commission. He used to be involved with Fronteers, the professional association for Dutch front-end developers, organising meet-ups, workshops and conferences.

  • Portrait photo of Molly Watt

    Molly Watt

    Assistive technology advocate, consultant, speaker, author and inclusion activist

    Molly is an Accessibility and Usability/User experience consultant, specialising in sensory impairments, keynote speaker and blogger. Currently recognised on the Shaw Powerlist as one of the top 100 influential people with a disability and shortlisted in 2019 National Diversity Awards.

    Molly has consulted and worked alongside digital giants Apple and LinkedIn, ASOS, Sigma, Gov UK Digital Services, NHS Digital, Spotify, GN Hearing, Institute of Coding advising on the accessibility of digital online services.

  • Portrait of Karl Groves

    Karl Groves

    Creator of the Tenon.io Web Accessibility testing platform

    Karl has over a decade of experience in doing IT consulting for the biggest companies in the world and biggest agencies in the U.S. government. Widely regarded as a pragmatic solution-finder, his work is cited in nearly a dozen books and used on curricula in Human-Computer Interaction across the globe. He leads by doing, teaches from experience, and succeeds by facilitating others' success. When others say, 'That can't be done,' Karl shows them how.



We're delighted to announce that this time the City of Düsseldorf offered us to run the event at the brand new municipal library, the Zentralbibliothek Düsseldorf, which just opened its doors on November 6th, 2021 (German language article).

The location is fully wheelchair-accessible (with accessible toilets next to the meetup room). Service animals are allowed and welcome. If needed, a quiet room is available as well. We will print and put up some signage that will guide you from the entrance on the ground floor to the meetup room on the second floor.

Important: The "2G rule" applies, i.e the City of Düsseldorf requires all people who want to enter a municipal building to prove immunization through a full vaccination or recovery. You will not be able to attend the event on-site otherwise.

We won't provide snacks and beverages at the event this time, but there's a small café on the same floor which should fulfil your wishes.

Neue Zentralbibliothek Düsseldorf
Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1
40210 Düsseldorf , Nordrhein-Westfalen Germany
51.2212139 6.7907922
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