A New WAI to Web Accessibility

Bios & Handouts



  • Sharron Rush, Executive Director, Knowbility

Session Details

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


The Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI)of the W3C has a new website, 17 new success criteria for WCAG 2.1, and plans for future resources. Take a guided tour with chairs and staff of WAI Education and Outreach.


The Accessibility Education and Outreach Group of the Web Accessibility Initiative at the W3C has been busy for the last two years redesigning the web site and updating resources to meet current needs. This session will walk attendees through the new website and help you find and use the many free resources that are offered there. Policy resources, guidelines, training materials and testing techniques have all been refreshed and the site was relaunched in May 2018. Learn what's new, see what's coming, and be reminded about what free resources are available to support your practice regardless of your accessibility role. This will be a practical tour of WAI resources and you will leave with newly discovered or re-discovered resources that you can put to work right away.


  1. How to best use the new WAI website.
  2. What resources have been added and/or updated?
  3. How can you get directly involved with the Web Accessiiblity Initiative?

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Information Resources, Information Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Sharron Rush

Sharron Rush is Co-founder and Executive Director of Knowbility, a nonprofit advocacy and consulting group based in Austin Texas. Starting with the invention of the Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR) program in 1998, Sharron has been a pioneer in advocating for digital accessibility as a way for organizations to innovate and reach broader markets. She is an enthusiastic community builder and serves as co-chair of the Education and Outreach Working Group of the Web Accessibility Initiative of the W3C.