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Quick Ways to Test for Accessibility...Without Doing It All Yourself

| Proposal No: 923

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  • Angela Hooker, Senior Accessibility Consultant, Microsoft

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

Summary of Session

So, management just decided that accessibility and universal design is important, and you’ve been appointed as the accessibility guardian. How do you test and assess your current projects without doing all the work yourself? Learn to create a future-proof plan, test, and split work among the team.


Sometimes an unsuspecting team member is given the responsibility for making a teams’ work accessible. Often that person doesn’t have the time or resources to create a viable accessibility program. Now with responsive design, apps, and a multitude of devices, it’s critical to have a practical plan to support universal design. With careful planning, it’s possible to test quickly to assess the accessibility of current projects—all while delegating some of these tasks among team members. Further, it’s important to create a plan for future projects to ensure that all projects benefit from universal design throughout project lifecycles.


  1. Explore tools that all team members can use for accessibility testing
  2. Build a future-proof accessibility plan
  3. Learn how to test quickly for accessibility

Speaker Bio(s)

Angela Hooker

Angela Hooker is a Senior Accessibility Product Manager at Microsoft, where she's built a center of expertise for accessibility, user experience, and universal design. She's brought her web management, development, design, accessibility, and editorial and content management expertise to the government and private sector for over 20 years. Angela also advocates for role-based accessibility and believes that teaching people how to incorporate principles of accessibility in their everyday work creates a sustainable program and produces the most accessible user experiences. In addition to accessibility and universal design, she supports plain language and web standards. Angela speaks on and writes about accessibility, user experience, and plain language.