Sticky Access – Giving a Change-Oriented A11y Experience

Presented at 12:45pm in Meadowbrook II on Friday, November 22, 2019.



  • William Burgess, MTSU

Session Details

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


What can we learn from psychology that will help us to convince others of the imperative nature of digital access? How about sticky ideas?

I'd like to share a digital accessibility experience that you can implement at your organization to demonstrate common access barriers and how they can be fairly easily fixed.


Have you encountered resistance in spreading the message of digital accessibility? At Middle Tennessee State University, we've been trying different approaches to educating stakeholders about their responsibility in digital accessibility. Our most recent attempt puts participants in the role of a person with limited access.

The exercise is in the format of an online quiz in order to demonstrate the stakes of digital access. So far, our campus respondents have said that the exercise is fun and helps them to experience access barriers in a unique way.

Try it out for yourself in this AHG lab, and feel free to share the quiz with stakeholders at your organization! Hopefully it will spur some discussions that create awareness and positive change.


  1. Come experience a digital accessibility interactive demonstration
  2. Receive a resource that you can share at your organization
  3. Receive access to an a11y terminology wiki that you can contribute to

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Legal, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

William Burgess

Bill started in the field of adaptive technologies at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center working in Vision Impairment Services. From there, he learned the ropes of AT and parlayed that knowledge into managing a lab for students with disabilities at MTSU. He now works for the IT division and helps instructors weave in accessibility practices to their curriculum and student experience.