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Accessibility: Make it Happen!

Why are so many otherwise good sites not accessible to the disabled? Do designers not know how to keep their site’s integrity while making it accessible to everyone? Or do they not care?
Well, let a digital producer and an accessibility expert show you that good design and an accessible, open web aren’t mutually exclusive. We'll show you that the core components of web accessibility - device agnosticism and semantic code - are synonymous with good design. We’ll tear that pretty site down for you and then build it back up. Don’t worry. We’ll be gentle.
We're going to demonstrate how we took a great site, exposed it for the inaccessible morass it was and learned to make it right without comprising the key elements that made it good. You'll find out what the most common accessibility crimes are on well-designed sites, how they can destroy a user’s experience, and the not so difficult ways to fix them. You’ll walk away inspired, a little more learned, and hopefully not too shamed.

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  1. How does a disabled user experience an inaccessible website?
  2. I don’t have time or money for testing with disabled users. How am I supposed to figure out what’s wrong with my site?
  3. How will my visual design and site functionality be limited by making my site accessible?
  4. My site's pretty interactive - forms, Flash, lots of scripting - how is it possible for that to be accessible?
  5. Even if I wanted to do it, how does accessibility planning fit into the web development lifecycle?



Susan Hewitt, EIR Accessibility Coordinator, Texas Department of State Health Services

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