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Tools of the Trade for an A11y-Oriented Organization

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  • Sandra Earl, Senior Product Designer, Desire2Learn

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

Summary of Session

Practical tools and tips for creating a culture of inclusion. Learn why fostering accessibility champions, having a clear understanding of the purpose and scope of accessibility testing tools; and staying true to documented values are important practices for a successful A11y organization.


Are you trying to promote a culture of inclusion, but are struggling with where to begin? Do you wish you had a better understanding of the accessibility testing tools and assistive technologies that could help your team create accessible resources? This presentation is for you! I’ll discuss how a small Accessibility Community of Practice in a growing organization has successfully championed, organized, and supported a wide variety of A11y tools and processes with the goal of building a culture of inclusion. I’ll cover: • Why accessibility champions are as important as accessibility SMEs • How accessibility tools shape our perspective on accessibility, and how to keep a broad point of view • Recommended testing tools for different projects, project phases and roles • When to focus on culture, and when to focus on compliance


  1. Invest in champions first, deep subject experts will follow
  2. Understand the purpose and scope of good A11y testing tools
  3. Focus your program around values before standards

Speaker Bio(s)

Sandra Earl

Sandra Earl is responsible for research, analysis, planning, design, and validation of exceptional user experiences at Desire2Learn. Sandra works closely with internal and external clients to promote usability and accessibility best practices, including the Desire2Learn Accessibility Interest Group and National Federation of the Blind nonvisual access certification program.