Accessibility 101 Webinar Synopsis

The importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion is currently at the forefront of the corporate world today yet frequently excludes accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in the digital space. There are over 1 billion people in the world with disabilities, and it is crucial that the technology used within industry is not only accessible but also usable by this population.
In this 2-part webinar, the American Foundation for the Blind will discuss some of the basics of accessibility and usability, and we will provide some demonstrations with some powerful assistive technology used by people with disabilities, including what they are carrying around in their own pockets.

Session 1: Introduction to Accessibility and Implementing an Accessible Site

In the first session, AFB will provide context around the concept of “accessibility,” what it means for people with disabilities, and how organizations can be inclusive with their digital platforms. We will briefly touch on legal requirements before setting the stage for how to start determining if your website or app is accessible. We will introduce our accessibility toolkit and provide an activity that you can put into practice to prepare for the next session.
Date: Monday, Sept. 20
Time: 2pm

Session 2: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Accessibility

In the second session, AFB will cover the tools and methodology used to test accessibility. The goal of this session is to be practical and realistic: what can an organization do to make an improvement right now? We will suggest some actions to take in preparation for the Technical Assistance office hours to be scheduled after this session.
Date: Monday, Sept. 27
Time: 2pm

Presenters’ Bios

Darren Burton is an Accessibility Specialist who has over 25 years of experience working to improve the accessibility of modern technology. After serving as the Director of AFB Tech, Darren served a 4-year stint at Yahoo, where he focused on mobile app accessibility and teaching Yahoo designers and developers about how to build products that are accessible to everyone.
Olivia Hall is a Senior Software Engineer specializing in digital inclusion for AFB Consulting, with a background in full-stack development. She evaluates the accessibility of software and offers technical guidance on how to improve digital accessibility.
Syed Hassan is a Software Development and Support Engineer and specializes in evaluating the accessibility and usability of digital assets for AFB Consulting. He is an assistive technology user and, therefore, provides a valuable feedback and great perspective when evaluating the accessibility of digital assets.
William Reuschel is the Director of Client Services and Technical Development for the American Foundation for the Blind. In his work with AFB Consulting, he manages operations delivering accessibility client services and engages with companies to develop sustainable and effective accessibility programs