100 Days of Accessibility: A Web Designer’s Journey to Learn Accessibility

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 11:45am in Cotton Creek I on Friday November, 17.

#9195

Speaker(s)

  • Amy Carney, Publications Specialist, Alaska State Libraries, Archives, and Museums

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

What can you accomplish in 100 days? Come listen as Amy shares her 100-day journey and what lessons she learned about web accessibility during that time. Walk away with new ideas on how you can improve design and usability points on your website or maybe even start your own 100 Days of Accessibility at work.

Abstract

100 days of focus and practice can bring anyone closer to mastery of any given task. What if that focus and practice were turned toward learning web accessibility? On May 1, 2017, Amy Carney began this personal journey to master the concepts of web accessibility and universal design in order to empathize with the spectrum of users of the Web and IoT. Through this knowledge, she was able to build upon her own design and coding knowledge to become a better web designer and developer who supports the philosophy of free access to information for all. This presentation tells the story of her 100-day journey, shares lessons learned about web accessibility, offers bite-sized coding and design tips as takeaways, and inspires others to make their own plan of 100 Days of Accessibility.

Keypoints

  1. So much can be gained in 100 consecutive days of learning and practice.
  2. Websites and applications don't have to compromise beauty for accessibility and universal design.
  3. Anyone can take steps toward making the web more accessible to all.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Amy Carney

While pursuing an MLIS during my employment at a rural Alaska public library, I rediscovered my interest in web design. Four years ago I landed a dream of a job for the State of Alaska that would fan those flames. For the past four years now I've been enveloped in the world of web design and development without giving up my support for the world of libraries, archives, and museums. I strongly believe that everyone should have access to information for personal and professional improvement. And that access does not need to be comprised just because we want pretty websites and modern applications. When I'm not dreaming up new designs or working through code, I'm spending time with my husband and preschooler.

Handout(s)