Digital Accessibility Trends

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 4:00pm in WB I on Thursday November, 17.



  • Beth Crutchfield, Vice President, Policy and Program Services, SSB Bart Group

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Not provided
  • Type of session: General Conference


This session will cover key developments in digital accessibility laws, technology updates, and projections for future trends and timelines.


This session will look at trends in the following three areas: Laws and Regulations • Section 508 Refresh timing, application after the final ruling, and other U.S. Government Activities (Trusted Tester Program, NASCIO Policy Driven Adoption for Accessibility) • Trends in web-related litigation under the ADA, regulatory timing and impact • EU procurement law update and harmonization with Section 508 Refresh • CVAA update and waiver expirations • WCAG Mobile, Cognitive, Low Vision task forces, and re-chartering / authorization of variety of other activities

Accessibility Technologies • Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) • Mobile Accessibility, Responsive Web Design (RWD) and Frameworks • Costed vs. free assistive technologies • The Internet of Things • Multi-device Access Solutions • Gaming access and electronic document access

Accessibility Programs and Maturity Models • Growing need for accessibility programs • Accessibility Maturity Models


  1. Understand key developments in laws governing digital accessibility.
  2. Understand the latest developments in access technology.
  3. Understand the drivers for implementing an accessibility program.

Disability Areas

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

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Information Technology, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Beth Crutchfield

As VP of Policy and Program Services for SSB BART Group, Beth brings nearly 20 years of program management and policy implementation experience to the SSB team. Beth joined SSB after working at Capital One Financial for over 19 years where she led complex regulatory programs, including their Digital Accessibility Program.



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