Dev + Design: Improving Web Accessibility in 5 Easy Steps

by Jodi Kuehn | at Minnebar 18 | 1:00 – 1:45 in Bde Maka Ska | View Schedule

Calling all developers (and designers!) who want —rather, need— to improve accessibility of their websites.

Did you know…

  • 90% of all websites are inaccessible to people with disabilities who rely on assistive technology. (AbilityNet)

  • 98.1% of website homepages had detectable WCAG 2 failures. (WebAIM)

  • EVERYONE, at some point in their lifetime, will be "disabled" and can benefit from websites that are accessible-friendly.

We all know we need to make our sites accessible. So why are 90% of websites inaccessible? It's not as complicated as you may think, I promise you!

In this session, you'll learn how to diagnose where your webpages are failing accessibility tests and how to significantly improve your score by applying basic HTML in a more semantic way. This will be a deep dive into fixing the common coding mistakes and bad habits that lead to inaccessible websites. There's no excuse why every website can't be (more) accessible!

We're not looking for perfection here…we're just focused on improvement. Every little bit helps make the internet more user-friendly for everyone.

And if you're a designer, see what goes on "under the hood" with code (I promise it won't be too over your head!), and how to troubleshoot and QA pages to ensure your designs (and the resulting developed code) pass basic accessibility requirements.


Jodi Kuehn

A designer that knows how to CODE? And an introvert that isn't afraid to stand up in front of an audience and talk for 50 minutes?? You won't want to miss this session! (Peanuts and popcorn optional)

Jodi Kuehn (pronounced "keen") has a keen eye for design [see what I did there?!?] and has worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies, including Northwest Airlines, Target, Wells Fargo, Medtronic, and Ameriprise. She is super passionate about her work, and specializes in user interaction, responsive web design, design systems, WCAG accessibility, and HTML/CSS.

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