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A web for everyone: accessibility as design innovation

Proposal No: 2637

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  • Whitney Quesenbery, Center for Civic Design

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Length of Session (in hours): 3-hrFormat: Lab Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

What if accessibility was just part of the design challenge for any project, not a checklist of requirements? Learn how to use design thinking methods to create an accessible user experience by innovating from diverse needs.


Just as responsive web design aims at designing for a diversity of devices, accessible design aims at creating products that are modern, global, responsive and which work for people with a wide range of abilities. If we focus creating delightful user experiences where accessibility and usability work together, the result is a web for everyone. This workshop is aimed at connecting the goals of user experience and accessibility, showing how they not only work together, but that focusing a design on accessibility first can result in innovative web sites and applications. The workshop is structured as a “design studio.” This interactive process lets us introduce user needs (including problems encountered by people with disabilities) into the design process from the beginning, creating a better user experience for everyone.


  1. Integrating accessibility into the design process can result in innovative products
  2. The design studio approach brings access needs into a design from the beginning
  3. User experience (UX) design and accessibility can - and should - work together

Speaker Bio(s)

Whitney Quesenbery

Whitney Quesenbery brings her expertise in user research, plain language, accessibility and usability to her work in civic design. As co-director of the Center for Civic Design, he has worked on effective voter information and design for the Future of California Elections (FOCE) , the Field Guides for Ensuring Voter Intent, the Anywhere Ballot, the Accessible Voting Technology Initiative, and was part of the EAC advisory committee creating the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (VVSG 2005). She is the author of three UX book: A Web for Everyone: Designing Accessible User Experiences, Global UX: Design and research in a connected world, and Storytelling for UX


Slides for A Web for Everyone: Accessibility as Design Innovation - A design thinking workshop