Digital Accessibility Trends


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



  • Beth Crutchfield, Vice President of Strategic Consulting and Training Services, Level Access

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, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Beth Crutchfield

As Vice President of Strategic Consulting and Training Services, Beth Crutchfield brings nearly 20 years of program management and policy implementation experience to the Consulting and Training teams at Level Access. Beth has extensive experience working on managing and driving resolution for clients on the terms of Consent Decrees and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) complaints. Her deep regulatory knowledge extends beyond the Digital Accessibility space as she holds many certifications. Beth has extensive experience with testing, remediation, risk profile analysis, structuring remediation programs and building long term Digital Accessibility strategies. While she has significant experience in the financial services industry, she currently leads much of Level Access’ work in the education vertical. Outside of work, Beth remains active in the disability advocacy community in her hometown of Richmond, VA.



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