Getting Beyond the Checklist- Culture, Change, and Accessibility

Scheduled at 4:20pm in Westminster IV on Thursday, November 21 (2019).



  • Pat Needles, Director of Sales, Onix

Session Details

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


Pat Needles will be discussing the importance of moving beyond “checking the boxes” of digital accessibility and technical compliance. While WCAG 2.0 provides a convenient roadmap towards accessibility, it takes cultural change within an organization to make proactive avoidance of accessibility barriers a priority.


This presentation will highlight ways in which organizations benefit from implementing cultural changes to see perpetual, incremental improvements in digital accessibility and proactively avoid accessibility barriers. A clearly defined goal of universal usability emphasizing user experience creates a robust and adaptable foundation for a culture of compliance, regardless of currently accepted standards. This foundation is the key to recognizing and meeting the needs of actual human beings, and not merely complying with the restrictions of a static set of rules. It also ensures that when standards change or technologies evolve, no one is caught having to start over from scratch to meet a new checklist.

The following are common threads in successful implementation that provide a roadmap for developing a culture of accessibility within an organization:

Measurable Results Procurement Responsibility and accountability Education and training Prioritization Hiring practices Collaboration


  1. How accessibility culture is beneficial to an organization
  2. Actionable ways to implement accessibility culture throughout an organization
  3. How accessibility culture will help organizations transition to future standards

Disability Areas


Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Other, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Pat Needles

Pat Needles is the Director of Sales for Equidox, a rapidly expanding division of Onix Networking that has quickly become a world-class industry leader in document accessibility. In his role with Equidox, Pat has facilitated the development and implementation of digital remediation strategies for numerous schools and government organizations, helping them comply with ADA regulations and WCAG. Pat also enables extensive, organization-wide PDF conversion initiatives using Equidox’s efficient, effective, and time-saving PDF remediation software tool. Additionally, Onix provides a full range of in-house remediation services for all of your document accessibility needs.

“I have a great passion for what Onix has created in the world of digital accessibility for people with all types of disabilities. We help individuals on a daily basis to gain access to information that otherwise is not available.”

Accessibility Culture Presentation Outline- Pat Needles AHG 2019 Accessibility Culture Presentation Slides- Pat Needles AHG 2019