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On this page
- Why book Nic to speak?
- More about Nic Steenhout
- Nic’s most requested topics
- What to expect working with Nic
- What people say about Nic’s presentations
- Videos from some past presentations
- Contact me
Why book Nic to speak?
Nic Steenhout has been involved with accessibility (on the web and in the built environment) for over 2 decades. During that time, he has spoken at conferences and private events on the topic of web accessibility, building accessibility, and disability awareness in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. His no-nonsense approach to accessibility makes him a favourite of event attendees.
More about Nic Steenhout
- Nic has been a public speaker for 20 years and has spoken at:
- Large conferences such as OSCON, Confoo, and Linux.conf.au
- Smaller events such as A11yMTL, A11yTO, and A11yQC
- Private company functions
- Local, Provincial/State and Federal government departments
- Nic has worked with government organizations, health care providers, corporations, tertiary education providers and non-profits
- Nic has been involved in Open Source since the early 2000’s and was on the Joomla! Core Developer team (Nic wrote Joomla!’s accessibility statement still used today).
- You can catch Nic at one of the upcoming gigs.
Nic’s most requested topics
Talk with Nic about creating a custom presentation just for your event, or pick from one of the following popular topic.
Disability, technology and communication
Keynote exploring the relationship between great communication, technology (in particular the web), and their impact on people with disabilities.
Accessibility and Security
These two topics are mission critical on the web, yet rarely discussed together. I review common areas where accessibility and security come together.
Introduction to web accessibility
A primer as to what web accessibility is and who it impacts. A quick overview of common barriers and simple fixes.
The evolution of assistive technology into everyday product
Many products we use daily have their origin in assistive technologies that were intended for people with disabilities, such as digital assistants (e.g. Siri), or even the computer keyboard.
Listen to the difference – Comparing before and after code of 5 top accessibility barriers
Demonstration using a screen reader and discussion of some common barriers, and how to remedy them
What to expect working with Nic?
- Prompt communications
- A professional presentation by Nic that is informative and engaging
- Nic will work with you directly to ensure the details of the event are correct
- Whenever possible, Nic stays on site for the duration of the event and makes himself available for attendees to talk with him
- Follow-up calls in the week(s) following the event
What people say about Nic’s presentations
Before Nic’s talk, I’d been aware of a few tools out there for increasing accessibility of your web applications, but it quickly became apparent that I’d barely scratched the surface. Excellent talk. I appreciated how he balanced detail with pointing attendees to references and resources to further their own understanding later. He has an easygoing, amiable presentation-style. – Hilary Stohs-Krause
Really great talk that left me mildly horrified about my own sites as I could immediately think of examples where I had been unknowingly doing things wrong. Nic brought many things to my attention that I had not thought of before and moving forward I feel this session will improve my coding and accessibility practices dramatically. – Crysta McKenney
Even though I have a lot of experience in accessibility, I still learned a lot. – Derek Binkley
Excellent talk! Really opened my eyes to how many different ways people with disabilities navigate the web and what we can do to improve upon their experiences. – Michael Sullivan
Nic broadened my understanding of what it means for something have a “barrier.” Accessibility matters to a lot more people and in a lot more ways than I had previously realized. He provided plenty of examples of what to do about it, as well as further avenues for investigation. – Vesna Vuynovich Kovach
Excellent talk that opens eyes on things we may not think to everyday… although we should! – Pierre Voisin
Videos from some past presentations
My wheelchair, a precision crafted tool – Ignite presentation – A11yMTL 2017
Impromptu presentation about the Mira Foundation – Short presentation – A11yMTL 2017
Listen to the difference: Using a screenreader to compare before/after code – OSCON 2015
Accessibility and security – OSCON 2014
Accessibility mythbusting – WDCNZ 2013
Accessibility panel – WCDNZ 2013
Evolution of computer mouse: CC BY 2.0 raneko