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Agile is Ableist: Here’s How to Fix It

taught by: Victoria Clark

Session Summary

Agile as an avenue to built-in accessibility has been discussed frequently, but what about when Agile becomes the very problem it's meant to solve? This session will discuss how systemic ableism, the exclusion of design, and business pressure to over-produce can make Agile a problem for both workers and end-users, as well as offer solutions to prevent this from happening.


Have you experienced broken promises of better accessibility with Agile? Or are you just now looking into Agile and wondering how it can help your team achieve inclusive design and accessible code? This session will unpack the good, the bad, and the ugly of Agile, how it has been implemented, and what that can mean for the accessibility of your product and the process itself.

Practical Skills

  • Understand the core principles of Agile and how they relate to accessibility
  • Learn about some challenges to implementing Agile effectively and how that affects accessibility implementation
  • Explore some modifications and other solutions that can make Agile more supportive of accessibility initiatives and accommodating to workers