Authentic digital inclusion is easier than you think

Presenters: Andrew_Mallis

Do you feel distracted by a suite of automated tools, pages of report data, and feedback on work that was designed and developed weeks and weeks ago? If your antidote is achieving WCAG 2.1 or 2.1 AA conformance, you may be leaving more people behind than you think.

Accessibility and digital inclusion can be easier.

Authentic digital inclusion means ensuring that every end user can actually use a digital asset as designed and intended. Let’s start there. 

In this presentation, representatives from the American Foundation for the Blind and Kalamuna will discuss how organizations can benefit from usability-centric development policies and processes. Strategic, agile approaches will demonstrate how a spirit of digital accessibility can be achieved.

Attendees will learn:

  • Why usability is the most important component in an organization’s accessibility approach
  • How to get started incorporating usability in the development and design process
  • What are the most important workflows to focus on for usability
  • Why policies and processes are so critical to ensuring digital inclusion
  • How to create knowledge transfer in your development and design teams to create and sustain authentic digital inclusion

Plus, a live demonstration of usability testing in action!

 

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This will be lively and generous exchange between the consulting practice of a national nonprofit for the blind, and an agency responsible for creating open source goverment websites and ecosystems.

The material we present will make sense and create relief for those responsible for the accessibility of their institution’s platforms. 

Our live demonstration of a usability test will drive home the importance of usability testing, but more than anything else, it will help attendees conceptualize how they will advance their institution’s approach and effectiveness for actually becoming authentically digitally inclusive.

Our preference, if you are so willing to participate, would be to create an opportunity for 3 attendees to have their site reviewed for usability in our presentation.

 

Kalamuna

Kalamuna is an Oakland+Toronto-based agency that designs and develops institutional websites that solve complex challenges, simplify and improve user experience, and tell better stories.

https://www.kalamuna.com

 

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) is a national organization with nearly a century of experience in setting standards and achieving milestones to improve the quality of life for people with vision loss. AFB Consulting offers a variety of services that address tactical, strategic, and programmatic needs to help organizations reshape their culture to promote disability inclusion.

https://www.afb.org/about-afb/what-we-do/afb-consulting

 

Audience
Experience Level
Intermediate
Status
Proposed