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Finding Ways to Make Accessibility Resonate with Your Team: Inclusive Design is not Rocket Science

February 14, 2020 2019-2020All Session IdeasPolicy, Regulation & Security

Submitted by: Kristina England, Senior Digital Experience & Accessibility Specialist at University of Massachusetts President's Office

Contact Info:
Phone: 7744557874

What role would you like to play in organizing this workshop? I’m interested in organizing a workshop on this topic.

Intended Audience: Anyone working on implementing accessibility at their institution


We often hear people groan when we mention making code or design accessible. Many designers and developers have preconceived notations such as “it’s expensive” or “my creativity will be stifled.” However, inclusive design is both less expensive over time and generates some amazing everyday technology, such as audio books, closed captions, and high contrast on mobile devices.

During this session, we’ll review key areas to focus on when building inclusive design into your design framework, including:
• Bypass Blocks: Skip Links, Landmarks, and Headings
• Color Contrast and Focus Indicators
• Forms and Error Identification
• Collapsed Content and Modals (Dialogue Windows)
• Resizing Text
• Descriptive Links & Images
• Multimedia

Leveraging Microsoft’s Inclusive Design Toolkit
We’ll also go over the Microsoft Inclusive Design Toolkit in detail. This toolkit provides a persona spectrum that will help you come up with stories that resonate for your audience. As part of this portion of the workshop, we’ll explore products where inclusive design was “built in, not bolted on” and how that makes a huge difference for everyone. The goal of this session will be to provide you with enough materials and stories to bring back to your staff, whether your developers or your procurement office, to help foster awareness and adoption throughout your organization.

So how do you maintain an inclusive design structure in a small or large organization?
We’ll give you some examples of great design system structures to consider internally when standing up your inclusive design procedures. Design systems allow you to define what developers and designs can use for button colors, focus indicators, hyperlinks, and more.
While design systems are a great way to provide structure, they should not be relied on solely for validating of inclusive content. We’ll review the importance of manual testing throughout this session. While we won’t go into detail on how to manually test, we’ll talk about each persona and what tests are important to ensure the inclusiveness of your designs.

Learning Objectives:
During this half-day workshop, you can anticipate learning the following information:
• Why inclusive design matters and how to make it resonate in your organization.
• What the Microsoft Inclusive Design Toolkit is and how to use it to build awareness.
• The key areas to focus on when designing an inclusive product or digital experience.
• The importance of manual testing over semi-automated testing, even when you have a good design system in place.

Event Type: One day workshop

Track: Policy, Regulation & Security

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Name Title Summary
Kristina England Senior Digital Experience & Accessibility Specialist University of Massachusetts President's Office
Tracy Axelson Web Developer University of Massachusetts President's Office
Kelsey Hall Assistive Technology for Education, Accessibility Consultant

Preferred Date and Location: October 14, 2020 - College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA., February 24, 2021 - University of Massachusetts - Amherst, MA

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