State of ARIA 2018

Handouts Media

Scheduled at 11:15am in Cotton Creek I on Wednesday, November 14 (2018).



  • Joe Humbert, Senior Accessibility Analyst, Interactive Accessibility

Session Details

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


This session will discuss compatibility testing done a number of ARIA states & properties and their current level of support with Assistive Technology software across operating systems and devices as well as look ahead at the changes coming in the next version of ARIA.


The Web is constantly evolving, getting more complex. However, much of the Web’s content often does not fully support people with disabilities, particularly those using Assistive Technologies (AT). The Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) specification provides a way to bridge the gap between native HTML accessibility support & the level of information required to make the ever-evolving Web independently accessible both now & in the future. The ARIA specification’s roles, states & properties provides the building blocks to define new types of accessible web content. However, if ARIA is implemented but is not supported by AT software, users of this software will miss important information that helps them interact and navigate web content. This presentation will explore the current level of AT support for ARIA states & properties based on compatibility testing across operating systems & web browsers and will discuss the changes coming in the next version of the ARIA specification


  1. Overview of the ARIA specification and its purpose
  2. Current level of support for ARIA states & properties
  3. Information about the new ARIA roles, states & properties in the next version of the specification

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Joe Humbert

Joe Humbert, Senior Accessibility Specialist at Interactive Accessibility, brings a breadth and depth of accessibility experience that is both engaging and transformative for organizations applying over 14 years of experience supporting & engaging in accessibility efforts. Joe is a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) through the IAAP organization. His experience combines implementing accessibility at an institutional level, a technical background in web development and design, as well as an extensive background in Special Education. Joe always uses a people-centered approach to accessibility. He attributes his success in helping people achieve a high level of accessibility integration to his personal connection to and extensive interaction with the disability community as well as his frequent collaborations with internal and external developers. He meets people where they are, creates a vision for where they need to be, and then journeys with them to make it a reality. During his nine-year tenure at Indiana University, Joe collaborated with colleagues at peer institutions to work with multiple fortune 500, education-focused companies, and was a core member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance. He continues to utilize his extensive experience in training, leading workshops for all levels of people within an organization. He also regularly presents on digital accessibility at international conferences and is the current treasurer of the Access Technologists Higher Education Network (ATHEN) professional organization.