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

| Proposal No: 915

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  • Bill Curtis-Davidson, Senior Director of Strategic Consulting and Training Services, 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)

Bill Curtis-Davidson

As Senior Director of Strategic Consulting and Training Services for Level Access, Bill Curtis-Davidson brings over 20 years of experience working in strategic user experience (UX) design and digital accessibility consulting. Bill joined Level Access after working for 15 years with IBM as a UX and Digital Accessibility Consultant, Business Development Executive and Executive Architect. Prior to that, he worked as a Digital Accessibility Researcher and adjunct faculty at Georgia Tech. Bill has helped dozens of companies plan, implement and manage their digital accessibility operations. He has been involved in advising numerous government advisory committees, standards development organizations, and industry associations.