Social Media, Accessibility, and You

Handouts Media

Presented at 3:30pm in WB I on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.



  • John Foliot, Principal Accessibility Strategist, Deque Systems
  • Denis Boudreau, Principal Accessibility Expert, Deque Systems

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Expert
  • Type of session: General Conference


Join John Foliot and Denis Boudreau, as they do the deep dive on Social Media accessibility, and it's impact on you and your organization. We'll look at the legal impacts & requirements, which WCAG Success Criteria you should be aware of, an in-depth review of the various social media platforms today, and wrap up with Best Practices and tips.


According to data Shareaholic released in late 2014, Social Media is now the #1 source of referral traffic to content on the web. 71% of millennials visit social sites daily (eMarketer), and according to BuzzFeed, "Social feeds are the new homepages, so investing in content designed for social and mobile is becoming increasingly important." ( Increasingly, academic institutions of all sizes are turning to Social Media to connect with their students, their students families, and the communities in which they are located.

But where does Accessibility fit into this mix? How accessible is your Social Media content? What (if any) is your legal liability exposure? Does the W3C WCAG 2.0 accessibility standard apply, and if so, how? What about Section 508? How accessible are today's Social Media platforms? What (if anything) should you be doing today?


  1. Overview of legal responsabilities and policies/standards
  2. In-depth review of current accessibility of various Social media platforms
  3. Best Practices, tips and proposed draft policies

Disability Areas


Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Legal, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

John Foliot

John is the Principal Accessibility Strategist at Deque Systems and an internationally recognized Web Accessibility Specialist and champion for the cause of web standards and universal accessibility. He has provided digital accessibility consultation services to government agencies, educational institutions and private sector companies since 1999, both as an independant contractor, as well as stints at Stanford University and JP Morgan Chase bank, prior to joining Deque in 2015. John is an active and contributing participant in multiple W3C Working Groups including the Accessibility Guidelines WG (formally the WCAG WG), the ARIA WG, Accessible Platform Architecture (APA) WG, the Web Platform WG (formally the HTML5 WG), as well as the W3C Television on the Web Interest Group.

Denis Boudreau

Denis Boudreau (bio on file)