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  1. Thank you thank you thank you - we are done!

    Gareth Ford Williams

    Head of Accessibility, BBC Design and Engineering

    A fantastic event this year. Thanks to all our speakers and exhibitors, all the amazing people who worked hard to make this possible, and everyone who turned up in Salford, in London and online.

    If you learned something today, tell everyone you know.

    #BBCAAD19

    #GAAD

    See you again next year!

  2. Making BBC News accessible to the world

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    Video caption: BBC News continue to improve accessibility of new and existing features.
  3. BBC Sport highlight the latest accessibility improvements

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    Video caption: Video showing the latest accessibility improvements from BBC Sport.
  4. BBC Weather continue to improve accessibility

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    Video caption: BBC Weather explain a few of the recent accessibility improvements.
  5. Post update

    Quote Message: We're working on more incidental roles... I'm an actress, not the wheelchair using actress. from Natalie Amber Actor
    Natalie AmberActor
  6. Q: What is our responsibility as an industry?

    Quote Message: To reflect the society which we live in. from Cherylee Houston
    Cherylee Houston
    Quote Message: Its about truthful representation... sometimes we just want to play people living their lives. from Melissa Johns
    Melissa Johns
  7. Post update

    Quote Message: People get fearful with accessibility, but as soon as its put in place it helps everybody. from Cherylee Houston Actor
    Cherylee HoustonActor
  8. Post update

    Quote Message: We are grappling with years of being told that this industry is not for us. from Melissa Johns Actor
    Melissa JohnsActor
  9. Disabled Artists Networking Community (DANC)

    Disabled Artists Networking Community (DANC) is a 2 and a half hour long event where all types of artists - writers, actors, dancers - get to meet industry people.

    The aim is to get industry people to make commitments to artists with disabilities and change how people and lives are represented on stage and screen.

    DANC is run by @triplecmanchest.

    https://tripleczone.org

    Gareth Ford Williams, Melissa Johns, Cherylee Houston, Natalie Amber on stage at the BBC's #BBCAAD19 event.
    Image caption: Gareth Ford Williams, Melissa Johns, Cherylee Houston, Natalie Amber
  10. In front of the camera - a panel discussion hosted by Gareth Ford Williams

    Gareth Ford Williams

    Head of Accessibility, BBC Design and Engineering

    Last talk of the day - Gareth chats to three actors about access and inclusivity in the arts.

    Cherylee Houston @CheyleeHouston and Melissa Johns @Melissa_Clare_J are well known to many from their roles in Coronation Street.

    They also founded TripleC (Creative Confidence Collective), a networking initiative for disabled artists and performers in the north-west of England.

    And..

    The Disabled Artist Network Community (DANC), an event that aims to encourage change by opening up dialogue with TV companies, music producers, arts venues and film-makers.

    The third panelist is Natalie Amber @NatsAmber who is also involved in all of the above, but also works for actors union Equity. She will be discussing things from a performing arts industry point of view.

    Cherylee Houston, Melissa Johns and Natalie Amber
    Image caption: Cherylee Houston, Melissa Johns and Natalie Amber
  11. BBC Children's continue to be more inclusive

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    Video caption: BBC Children's recent accessibility improvements and achievements.
  12. BBC Education demo fun inclusive learning

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    Video caption: BBC Education demonstrate features of three accessible interactive learning games.
  13. The panel guests are here for the 'In Front of the Camera' discussion

    Gareth Ford Williams

    Head of Accessibility, BBC Design and Engineering

    Actors Natalie Amber, Melissa Johns and Cherylee Houston
    Image caption: Actors Natalie Amber, Melissa Johns and Cherylee Houston
  14. Leonie Watson at #BBCAAD19

    Leonie Watson at the lectern
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    Leonie describing the history of the artificial voice on stage in front of an audience
    Image caption: Leonie describing the history of the artificial voice
  15. Genie - open source code

    Graham Densham

    Business Analyst, BBC Children's Games

    The BBC commissions lots of games from external game builders. The Genie platform means they build on a foundation of excellent accessibility standards. But the BBC isn't keeping Genie to itself, it's open source and available to everyone.

    OpenSource Genie Code:

    github.com/bbc/childrens-games-genie

    Online Games GEL Framework:

    bbc.co.uk/gel/guidelines/games-framework

    email: graham.densham@bbc.co.uk

    @GrahamDensham

  16. The Art of Noise (Keep Talking) by Leonie Watson

    Leonié Watson

    Director, TetraLogical

    'Technology that talks' was the big topic of last year's BBCAAD event. Leonie goes deeper into this stuff this year.

    Léonie is Director of TetraLogical; a member of the W3C Advisory Board; co-Chair of the W3C Web Platform Working Group; and a member of the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Advisory Committee.

    Like Henny Swan, Léonie is co-organiser of the Inclusive Design 24 (#id24) conference.

    Léonie is often found at conferences, talking about web standards, accessibility mechanics, and pushing the boundaries of inclusive design (with existing technologies like SVG, HTML, ARIA, and JavaScript, as well as new technologies like AI and WebVR).

    Tink.UK​

    @tetralogical

    @leonlewatson​

    Leonie Watson
    Image caption: Leonie Watson
  17. Genie – Accessible Games for Everyone by Graham Densham

    Graham Densham

    Business Analyst, BBC Children's Games

    Graham is presenting on behalf of a wider games team, which has created a platform for anyone to use, on which accessible games can be built.Games built on the Genie platform can be customised for players, meaning background noise can be turned on or off, colour schemes adapted, busy screens calmed etc.

    Graham is a Business Analyst on the Games Team at the BBC. He is passionate about delivering game experiences that delight!

    Since joining the BBC, he has helped migrate the BBC’s game catalogue to the new games web platform, led improvements to the Ivor game engine and delivery of the Genie game framework.

    Graham is currently working on the BBC’s first online, multiplayer game, Nightfall. He is a Christian, a Gamer, a lover of all things Star Wars and a very enthusiastic bass guitar player.

    a line drawing of Graham Densham
    Image caption: Graham Densham
    One of the many games being produced using the Genie platform - Robo-Hop
    Image caption: Robo-Hop
  18. Next up is Graham Densham

    Graham Densham
    Image caption: Graham Densham