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Strategies To Make Accessibility Conversations A Priority In The Design Process

taught by: Beth Dolliver

co-presented by: Julianna Perkins & Ashley Menefee

Session Summary:

Do you design content and work with clients that you constantly have to remind about accessibility? Are you having to edit all the material that comes to you to meet accessibility requirements? Do you shy away from having the tough conversations about why this is important and how it impacts others? Are you working with someone who is dragging their feet when it comes to making content accessible? Is the thought of having these conversations, yet again, giving you a headache? Then this is the session for you as you will walk away with strategies, tips, and tricks for having positive accessibility conversations with others. This session will be applicable to those at all levels.

Description:

Do you design content and work with clients that you constantly have to remind about accessibility? Are you having to edit all the material that comes to you to meet accessibility requirements? Do you shy away from having the tough conversations about why this is important and how it impacts others? Are you working with someone who is dragging their feet when it comes to making content accessible? Is the thought of having these conversations, yet again, giving you a headache? Then this is the session for you as you will walk away with strategies, tips, and tricks for having positive accessibility conversations with others. This session will be applicable to those at all levels.

In a world where accessibility needs to be a much greater priority, this session will give you the skills you need in order to have important conversations about accessibility. We will begin our session by looking at scenarios that many people may have encountered, and looking at how we can address the issues that seem to happen over and over again. We will go through strategies to work through those difficult conversations, and show you ways to keep the engagements positive, and moving forward.

We know from experience how difficult these conversations are and would like to share what we have found that has worked for us. In addition, we want to learn from others on what strategies they have found that have worked for them. This session will be interactive and promote an open dialogue. Participants will learn from us and each other, and work together to build solutions to common accessibility issues when designing content.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will leave with strategies on how to have a conversation about accessibility.
  • Participants will be able to work with clients on how to best prepare accessible materials.
  • Participants will leave with an understanding on how to make accessibility a priority in the design process.
  • Participants will be able to encourage team members to work on accessibility.

Practical Skills:

  • Strategies on how to have a conversation about accessibility
  • How to help others talk about how to best prepare accessible materials
  • How to make accessibility a priority in the design process.