5 Keys for Implementing A11y in Your Team


Presented at 4:00pm in Standley I Lab on Thursday, November 17, 2016.



  • Angela Hooker, Microsoft

Session Details

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


Congratulations! You've been chosen to wrangle your colleagues into a thriving accessibility team. How will you do that? Stay calm and get 5 keys to help you form an effective plan for working with your team, changing your institutional approach, and producing accessible projects.


You've been tasked with implementing accessibility in your organization or department, and your teammates don't quite understand that accessibility means more than "testing a project with JAWS." Your colleagues may be cooperative and some may be surly; management may be indifferent; and everyone needs training and practical knowledge about accessibility. How will you motivate, teach, and equip your colleagues to produce accessible works--all while you work to change the institutional mindset about accessibility, and perhaps your own mindset about your colleagues? Learn how to use 5 key factors to help you transform your teammates, your work, and yourself.


  1. Address your interpersonal skills and learn to be an effective accessibility leader.
  2. Key areas to train rookies, intermediate, and advanced accessibility team members.
  3. How and where to find, gather, and produce the proper resources to support your team members.

Disability Areas

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

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Angela Hooker

Angela Hooker is a Senior Accessibility Product Manager at Microsoft, where she's built a center of expertise for accessibility, user experience, and universal design. She's brought her web management, development, design, accessibility, and editorial and content management expertise to the government and private sector for over 20 years. Angela also advocates for role-based accessibility and believes that teaching people how to incorporate principles of accessibility in their everyday work creates a sustainable program and produces the most accessible user experiences. In addition to accessibility and universal design, she supports plain language and web standards. Angela speaks on and writes about accessibility, user experience, and plain language.