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Mobile Access: The Current State of Mobile Accessibility & How To Create Accessible Apps

| Proposal No: 915

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  • Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, Level Access

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

A discussion of laws and standards relevant to mobile accessibility, the current level of accessibility for each of the major mobile platforms, the impact of mobile accessibility of various user groups, strategies for designing accessible apps and testing mobile apps and content for accessibility.


Mobile usage is growing at a rapid pace as the ways we use mobile devices continues to evolve. Use of retail, financial and other apps continues to increase, and the benefits to people with disabilities are potentially more dramatic than for the general population. This presentation will cover relevant laws and standards, the current accessibility level and features of the various mobile platforms, discuss the user impact of mobile accessibility for users who have visual, mobility, cognitive or hearing impairments, and provide strategies for designing accessible mobile applications and content and testing for accessibility.


  1. Understanding the current laws and standards effecting mobile accessibility
  2. Understanding the current state of accessibility across the various mobile platforms
  3. Strategies for designing accessible mobile applications and content, including how to test for accessibility

Speaker Bio(s)

Jonathan Avila

With 20 years of experience in digital accessibility and his own personal experience as a person with a visual impairment, Jonathan brings unparalleled industry knowledge and a unique perspective to access solutions for technology with an extensive knowledge of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2), Section 508, and other accessibility standards and guidelines for the web, software, mobile technology, and hardware. He actively works with major industry development platform and assistive technology vendors, regulatory agencies and public-sector organizations to consistently update understanding of the proper level of accessibility for clients. Sought out as a thought leader in the industry, Jonathan has developed training for Federal agencies, presents webinars throughout the year on a variety of digital accessibility topics, speaks at conferences and other industry events, and is a regular contributor to the Level Access blog.