The accessible user experience

Grand 5
Tue, Nov 07
1:40 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Let’s be honest: As soon as you see the word “accessible,” your eyes glaze over, right? Because honestly, how interesting can accessibility be? When you think about design, you want sleek and sexy, shiny and stylish. Sometimes, the idea of accessibility can be like a bucket of water on a campfire—not the kind of sizzle you shoot for.

So, let’s not talk stereotype. Instead, let’s talk about folding everyday accessibility into our UX strategies. Let’s talk about the human aspect of our work, creating something that everyone can access, no matter what they are using to access our content. Let’s create opportunities to move the discussion of building an accessible website out of developer-focused conversation into the earlier UX and content-strategy processes.

Let’s celebrate content and design for all.

What you’ll learn:

  • Who's actually responsible for the accessibility of your website
  • What you can do that doesn't require destroying your current site
  • Where to find tools that won't break your budget
  • Why you should care

About Robin Smail

As a user experience designer and as a speaker, Robin Smail's mission is to connect people. Whether she is advocating for accessibility, helping to shape conferences and communities of practice, or designing interfaces, Robin's goal is to collaborate, to motivate, and to transform. Recent work includes Penn State's Digital Badging Platform, an open education resource bank that offers students resources based on individual learning preferences, and the administrative usability of an intelligent collaboration research application. Robin holds a B.S. in Information Sciences & Technology from Penn State, and is an award-winning speaker and passionate user advocate. She can be found online everywhere misbehaving as Robin2go.

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