Creating an “I-Plan”: Ensure that Accessibility is Addressed throughout the Development Process


Scheduled at 4:00pm in Standley II Lab on Thursday, November 16 (2017).



  • Naveesha Maharaj, Accessiblity Consultant/SME, Deque
  • Sachin Gupta, Director of Accessibility Services, Deque

Session Details

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


With rapidly increasing complexity in digital space, and with the time constraints around development, many organizations are either avoiding accessibility or trying to do it all at once at the end of the project without planning ahead. Without a clear and defined plan, valuable time and resources are lost trying to figure out an approach that works. This session will explore how you and your team can come up with an accessible product using a process we call the i-Plan (for inclusive).


Deque's i-Plan incorporates the following areas of concern: who are the various stakeholders? What are the prerequisites for creating an accessible system? And how can you maintain that accessible foundation? During the talk we will break down the planning process one step at a time. In this presentation, we will provide ideas that will help you plan your next accessible implementation at a fraction of the cost a typical accessibility project can cost today.


  1. Accessibility considerations are often left out of the planning process
  2. Implementing an i-Plan to address this issue
  3. The process, steps and components of an i-Plan

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Naveesha Maharaj

Naveesha currently consults primarily for Deque Systems, The Carrol Center for the Blind, Ogilvy, and Brightworks on web, mobile and PDF accessibility, ensuring clients are producing not only compliant content but usable to as well . Previously she worked as a Web Accessibility Analyst at TD and as an Accessibility Systems Testing/QA Specialist at the Ministry of Community and Social Services Children, Youth and Social Services I&IT Cluster testing internal and external sites against WCAG 2.0 standards. Technical writing, presentations and assistance in remediation were also part of her daily activities. She was an active member of the Accessibility Consulting team at CNIB focusing on internal and external AODA and WCAG 2.0 Compliance. Since 1999 she has also worked in the Pharmaceutical, Financial and Corporate Retail industries where her responsibilities have ranged from, Technical Team lead, Merchandise Business Associate to E-Business Specialist. Naveesha graduated from both University and College as a Computer Programmer/ Technical Administration receiving Leadership, Best Speaker and Communication Awards thus; enabling her to bring forward the knowledge and expertise to CNIB in order to organize Accessibility training, Seminars as well as providing continuous support. In her current role as an Accessibility Consultant, Naveesha provides accessibility audits for clients, Usability assessments, Document conversion and promotes accessibility awareness & services to organizations within Ontario while assisting anyone in need of accessibility information ensuring compliance with the current Section 508 of the U.S. Rehab Act, WCAG 2.0, W3C and AODA standards. These duties compliment her interests of volunteering for fundraising events and helping others in need either internationally or in local organizations.

Sachin Gupta

Sachin Gupta manages delivery of Services projects for customers in various industries including Financial Services, Retail and Higher Education. These projects typically include providing accessibility services such as assessments against WCAG 2.0 standards, trainings, creation and implementation of accessibility programs. His focus is on Accessibility Program Management and embedding accessibility in various lifecycle steps to optimize development of accessible digital assets. He works with companies that range from small businesses to Fortune 500, to help them incorporate accessible development practices. A developer by background, Sachin has over 12 years of project and program management experience. He also has a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma practices.


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