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Designing for accessibility when there's not enough time

| Proposal No: 1911

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  • Justin Stockton, , Devis

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

Summary of Session

Learn techniques to help keep accessibility at the forefront of the architecture and design process when managers, stakeholders and even developers change their mind about what they want.


We've all had managers, clients or stakeholders come to us with a new high-priority feature that they want to look and work a certain way; oh, and they'll know its right when they see it. This scenario leads to a series of shifting requirements that often means that accessibility must be sacrificed in order to meet aggressive timeline or budget. This session will track a typical requirement through the process of designing a solution including; methods to communicate our design, incorporating feedback from stakeholders and users and how to keep accessibility at the center of it all.


  1. Communicate design concepts using the cheapest method available; because they'll most likely change.
  2. Use prototypes to model interactions to get stakeholder approval and early feedback from users.
  3. Plan to iterate your work. Start simple and build on each success.

Speaker Bio(s)

Justin Stockton

Justin began creating accessible Web applications after reading an interview with Tim Berners-Lee on how he was upset with how information on the Web was slowly becoming available to only a few. Since then he has worked on several government projects, including several versions of, to create Web sites that remove the barriers to information and provide people with disabilities access to the information they deserve. Justin currently resides in Boulder, CO with his family and enjoys getting up to the mountains every chance he gets.