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Accessibility Is Not A Checklist

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October 22, 2011 10:00 AM

MLK Library, Washington, DC

MLK Library, Washington, DC

Too often, people approach accessibility only when required to, and simply by looking at a checklist. But accessibility is not a checklist; accessibility happens by considering it from the beginning, understanding industry best practices, and by taking a user-centered design approach. This means knowing how people with various disabilities will interact with products in ways that are successful.

What do professionals need to know and do in order to improve the accessibility of the web and mobile applications that their teams design? What industry best practices and methodologies can we leverage to cost-effectively improve both accessibility for people with disabilities and the user experience for all our customers? How can we best integrate our accessibility efforts into the project life cycle?

Jimmy Chandler will demonstrate several concepts and methods to improve accessibility that all UX designers can use right away. He will also share results from research he conducted this year that provides stories from people with various disabilities, including how they benefit from accessible products and struggle with inaccessible ones. This session will include Q&A and take away materials.

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