Common Accessibility Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 11:15am in Standley II Lab on Wednesday November, 16.



  • Bill Curtis-Davidson, Senior Director, SSB BART Group

Session Details

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


The best time to think about accessibility is during planning and development, and this session will walk you through the most common and easy to avoid mistakes so you can save time and money.


A successful IT project is one that bakes in accessibility from the planning stages. But even if you’ve already started, this talk will help you identify accessibility dependencies and vulnerabilities so you can avoid costly delays. Get an overview of the accessibility guidelines and best practices for design elements, forms, error messages, tables, page tabs, headings and more. Finally, learn how to test your project using the same devices and assistive technology as your users to ensure a great user experience for all.


  1. Understand accessibility mistakes that can be avoided with proper planning.
  2. Understand the standards and best practices to help avoid coding errors.
  3. Understand how user testing with assistive technology ensures the best user experience.

Disability Areas

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

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Information Technology, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Bill Curtis-Davidson

Rachel is Director of Emerging Technology and Accessibility in the University of Alabama Center for Instructional Technology, where she is leading a campus-wide web and instructional technology accessibility initiative. She has been with the Center for Instructional Technology since 2007. Rachel received a Ph.D. in English-Applied Linguistics in 2004 with an emphasis on Southern American English dialects and their depiction in pop culture and fiction. Rachel also teaches linguistics and TESOL courses when possible. Rachel enjoys drawing, playing with her cats, listening to her husband make music, and assisting in his recording studio.