Project Management for Digital Accessibility

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Presented at 3:00pm in Virtual D on Thursday, November 19, 2020.



  • Emily Lewis, Accessibility Consultant, Knowbility

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 45 minutes
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Get an intro to accessibility from a project manager’s perspective! Digital project management expert Emily Lewis will show you where accessibility fits into the project lifecycle, from planning and discovery to development and evaluation. You’ll learn how to build support from within, create a collaborative team, and mitigate risk.


If you aren’t incorporating accessibility into your project management process, you are creating risk. An effective project manager can mitigate that risk and create a better, more inclusive experience. Learn why and how project managers should be accessibility leaders, starting with understanding the business case and engaging with stakeholders. Discover how project managers can implement accessibility without sacrificing organizational goals, timelines and budgets. You’ll also learn: * What accessibility means from an operational perspective, so you can get internal buy-in and support * How to plan for and sustain accessibility across the project lifecycle, so you can meet your goals * How accessibility impacts different roles in a project, so you can ensure your team has the skills, resources and support they need * How to communicate about accessibility, so you can effectively manage risk


  1. Project managers have the broadest view of a project and should be leading the entire team on accessibility.
  2. Project managers need to be able to translate accessibility to different team members and stakeholders.
  3. Digital project management can support accessibility and organizational goals at the same time.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Other, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Emily Lewis

Emily Lewis is a front-end developer with a passion for inclusive design, specializing in accessibility, semantics and user experience. Formerly the owner of a web services agency, she also is an expert in digital project management.

With more than 20 years working in the industry, Emily believes education and community are vital to making the web more diverse, inclusive and accessible. To that end, she co-hosted the renowned web podcast CTRL+CLICK CAST and served as Managing Editor for Web Standards Sherpa. She also wrote Microformats Made Simple and contributed to HTML5 Cookbook.

Currently, she advocates for digital accessibility through writing, public speaking and training.