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Advanced Techniques for Accessible Web Development

| Proposal No: 2105

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  • Derek Featherstone, Accessibility Evangelist, Simply Accessible Inc.

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Length of Session (in hours): 2-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: Expert Type of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

Join us for this high-intensity session as Derek demonstrates best practices for creating more accessible designs and development for web sites and applications.


He will review the basics that developers need to create accessible text content, tables, images, forms, and multimedia, but he'll go further than that. He will teach attendees some often overlooked strategies that make complex forms, dynamic content, error messaging, contextual help, and focus path more accessible to people with disabilities. Derek will explore deeper topics like HTML5, CSS3, mobile development, ARIA, and responsive design, and how these ideas can play a significant role in accessibility. Attendees will gain a new understanding of what it means to go beyond programmatic accessibility, they'll leave with a set of deeper approaches to accessible web development, and they'll leave with the knowledge of how to put it all into practice.


  1. Learn advanced techniques around HTML5, CSS3 & ARIA
  2. Learn techniques for mobile development
  3. Learn how to synthesize these various techniques

Speaker Bio(s)

Derek Featherstone

Derek Featherstone is an internationally-known speaker and authority on accessibility and web development. He is part of the team at Simply Accessible Inc., a leading firm that delivers insightful and creative accessibility consulting to Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, public utilities, government agencies and other private sector clients.