Shift left to UX on accessibility & Advancing UX

To all our UX friends,🍂🦄
We are pleased to announce the details about our next meetup, which will take place on November 22 at iO in Utrecht! Get ready for a talk about accessibility in UX with **Herman Eberstadt van der Velden** and a workshop on advancing UX with **Karine Cardona-Smits.**

**/// Talk: Shift left to UX on accessibility**
As a UX designer it is important that you design for everyone, no matter rather you have or don’t have a disability. This will make your user experience a better one, for the users of your design. **Herman** is an advocate for accessibility, and will speak in his presentation for example about how people with disabilities use apps and the web. Also about why accessibility is important and ofcourse how you as a designer can find guidelines and legislations to help you include all users.

**/// Workshop: Advancing UX through personal growth and performing teams**
In the second half of the meetup, we’ll get in gear for a workshop with **Karine**. In this interactive session, we’ll address the key challenges that you as designers and design researchers face to advance your practice and careers, helping you chart a path forward in your career. Whether you’re an individual contributor or a team lead, you’ll take a fresh look at your skills, gain insights into skill development and how to identify skill gaps. Together we will discuss priorities for advancing UX in our careers.

Are you attending? To prepare for the workshop, fill out this survey in advance! [](

**/// About the speakers**
[Herman Eberstadt van der Velden]( is a UX Designer with a heart for accessibility within the organization and an accessibility advisor at UWV. He is the founder and board member of the employee network Onbeperkt@UWV.

[Karine Cardona-Smits]( has over two decades of experience in crafting digital experiences. Her journey began in web design and evolved into senior roles in UX design, UX strategy, service design. As a former CX Analyst at Forrester Research, she authored 50+ research reports guiding CX, design, and digital leaders. She is today an advisor and mentor to design leaders and their teams and is on a mission to help them create work environments that foster team’s performance, promote growth and reveal untapped talents.

/// **About the host**
[iO Digital]( is a blended agency, actively tearing down the walls between the agency, technology and consulting worlds. By thoughtfully blending the right expertise – strategy, creation, technology, marketing, and data – and actively partnering with our clients. That’s how we advance digitally with our clients, for their customers.

**/// Program**

18.30 – 19.00 – Doors open
19.10 – Welcome by LTUX-Utrecht and host
19.15 – 20.00 – **Shift left to UX interview** by Herman Eberstadt van der Velden
20.00 -20.45 – **Workshop: Advancing UX through personal growth and performing teams** by Karine Cardona-Smits
21.00 – 22.00 – Wrap up & drinks

iO Achter Clarenburg 2, gebouw De Utrecht, 3511 JJ, Utrecht

The office is within walking distance of Utrecht Central Station, making it easily accessible by both train and bus. From the station’s main hall, you walk straight into Hoog Catharijne, where the entrance to Campus Utrecht is located, near Perry Sport.
For a detailed guide about how to walk there, click on the [map]( that iO Digital have created.

// **Accessibility of the host**
The meetup venue at iO is accessible for all. It’s not on the first floor and they do have a lift available.

Take a train to Utrecht Centraal and walk for just a few short minutes.

Parking is available at P5 Hoog Catharijne North / South entrance.

There is ample bike parking at or near Utrecht Centraal Station which is just adjacent to the venue.

📸 Keep in mind that we will be taking pictures at the event and uploading them to the Meetup page after the event. A select few of them may also be shared on LinkedIn.

Session details
Date: 22-11-2023
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: iO
Boven Clarenburg 2,, Utrecht

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