The Future of Web Accessibility Research: Surveys, User Testing, and Beyond

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 9:15am in Waverly on Wednesday, November 16 (2016).

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Speaker(s)

  • Jared Smith, , WebAIM

Session Details

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

Summary

This session will explore the current state of web accessibility research and provide recommendations and warning for future research.

Abstract

There is a dearth of good user data and research in the web accessibility field. Guidelines and best practices are often based on assumptions and antiquated philosophies and technologies. User surveys provide only minimal insight. This session will explore the current state of web accessibility research and provide recommendations for how the field can improve its research efforts in the future so that web accessibility is best adapted to the modern user with disabilities.

Keypoints

  1. Gain an understanding of the current state of web accessibility research.
  2. Identify several issues and constraints to accessibility research.
  3. Learn ways in which future research can be more effective and meaningful.

Disability Areas

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

Topic Areas

Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Jared Smith

Jared Smith is the Associate Director of WebAIM. He is a highly demanded presenter and trainer and has provided web accessibility training to thousands of developers throughout the world. With a degree in Marketing/Business Education, a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology, and over 16 years experience working in the web design, development, and accessibility field, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is used to help others create and maintain highly accessible web content. Much of his written work, including a broad range of tutorials, articles, and other materials, is featured on the WebAIM site.

Handout(s)