Mobile Accessibility Challenges, Best Practices and Techniques (BYOD Workshop)

Scheduled at 1:30pm in Westminster IV on Tuesday, November 13 (2018).



  • Joe Humbert, Senior Accessibility Analyst, Interactive Accessibility
  • Kathy Wahlbin, CEO & Owner, Interactive Accessibility

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Mobile devices have significantly changed the way that people access content and services, and this opens new opportunities for persons with disabilities. This hands-on session will cover all the basics of mobile accessibility and will cover what is new for mobile accessibility in 2018 including WCAG 2.1.


Mobile devices have significantly changed the way that people access content and services, and this opens new opportunities for persons with disabilities. From games to academic papers, mobile devices, phones, tablets, and even new wearable technologies are making it easier for people with disabilities to participate and are opening new ways to do things, like get new feedback from their devices and do new things. Sensors, vibrations, and other feedback leverage everything on the platform for accessibility. New ways of looking at similar problems are giving opportunities for new innovation.

Are your mobile applications and websites accessible to students and faculty? Do they meet the WCAG 2.0 success criteria? What about the new success criteria coming in WCAG 2.1? More and more people are choosing mobile as their platform of choice and worldwide there are more mobile users than desktop users. This hands-on session will cover all the basics of mobile accessibility.


  1. Learn how to use the mobile assistive technology settings and tools.
  2. Understand how WCAG 2.0 applies to mobile and learn the new requirements for WCAG 2.1.
  3. Learn the basics for designing and developing accessible mobile websites and native applications.

Disability Areas

All Areas, Cognitive/Learning, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility, Other, Vision

Topic Areas

Information Technology, Legal, Other, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Joe Humbert

Joe Humbert, Senior Accessibility Specialist at Interactive Accessibility, brings a breadth and depth of accessibility experience that is both engaging and transformative for organizations applying over 14 years of experience supporting & engaging in accessibility efforts. Joe is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) through the IAAP organization. His experience combines implementing accessibility at an institutional level, a technical background in web development and design, as well as an extensive background in Special Education. Joe always uses a people-centered approach to accessibility. He attributes his success in helping people achieve a high level of accessibility integration to his personal connection to and extensive interaction with the disability community as well as his frequent collaborations with internal and external developers. He meets people where they are, creates a vision for where they need to be, and then journeys with them to make it a reality. During his nine-year tenure at Indiana University, Joe collaborated with colleagues at peer institutions to work with multiple fortune 500, education-focused companies, and was a core member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. He continues to utilize his extensive experience in training, leading workshops for all levels of people within an organization. He also regularly presents on digital accessibility at international conferences and is the current treasurer of the Access Technologists Higher Education Network (ATHEN) professional organization.

Kathy Wahlbin

Kathy Wahlbin has been very active in the web accessibility community since the 2001 when Section 508 was amended to cover information web technology. As awareness, methods, and requirements have evolved, she has gained considerable experience in accessibility, usability, software applications and website development.

As an invited expert of the W3C WCAG 2.0 Working Group, W3C Mobile Accessibility Task Force and the WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force, she is knowledgeable in the trends and directions in accessibility, and she contributes to the development of new guidelines, techniques and methodologies. She is passionate about creating a world where online communications and technology are simple and universally accessible to all people regardless of ability.