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Emma Stephens

Ms. Stephens is currently a senior product designer at Blackboard. She leads a design team that focuses on course design, assessments and grading workflows. Accessible design wasn’t something that was taught in her design program at school. Instead she learned, early in her career as a web designer, through exposure and guidance from peers who had experience and knowledge in the field. The learning curve was steep in the beginning, especially being a visual designer. There was a lot of trial and error and research to gather a deeper understanding into the what, how and why of accessibility. The more she learned the more aware and critical she became of all forms of technology and design and how inaccessible most things are. Her role today is to help ensure the UI of Blackboard’s products are up to standard and inclusive of all users.