Announcing the Princeton Accessibility Meetup

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

The Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce the creation of the A11Y Princeton Meetup!

A11Y Princeton Meetup logo with the word A11Y in a tiger pattern

Purpose of the Meetup:

The A11Y Princeton Meetup is dedicated to advancing the field of study for the topic of access and inclusion for people with disabilities. These monthly meetings are meant to share knowledge and innovative ideas that help make a more fair and inclusive society. The monthly events are hosted by Princeton University's Office of Information Technology in partnership with the accessibility research division of Educational Testing Services (ETS). These meetups are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in advancing the field of accessibility by creating a more inclusive society should feel welcome to join us.  

What is a Meetup?

There are accessibility meetups the world over; from London to New York City. The partnership between Princeton and ETS creates the first Accessibility Meetup in Central New Jersey. Meetups are established to bring people together to form self-organized user groups on various topics. For example, the Central NJ Drupal Group was founded in 2010 and is very active on the campus.

What Does A11Y Mean?

We use the shorthand A11Y (pronounced Al – eye) for two reasons. One, the word accessibility has 13 characters starting with the letter “A,” with 11 characters followed by the “Y” and A11Y is shorthand for that term ideal for social media tagging. And two, the term “ALLY” is commonly used to express solidarity and advocacy for groups of under-represented people. The term A11Y aligns with the core values of Diversity & Inclusion and Institutional Equity and draws the connection to that larger conversation.

Who Should Join?

People interested in providing fair and inclusive experiences to people with disabilities

  • Practitioners and professionals in the accessibility space
  • Advocates for people with disabilities
  • Anyone in technology development and disability service provider roles

Become a Member:

Signing up is free and easy. Log on to the Meetup website and join the team.

First Meetup:

The opening event for the Meetup will feature a discussion on the WCAG 2.1 updates from Jason White, research scientist at the Educational Testing Services and member of the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Working Group.


October 19th, 2017


7 PM – 8:30 PM


Lewis Library Bowl 138

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