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Web ABCD— Accessibility Begins at Concept Design

Proposal No: 2668

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  • Ken Nakata, Director of Accessibility Consulting Practice, Cryptzone
  • Jeff Singleton, Senior Accessibility SME, Cryptzone

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

This presentation focuses on Web accessibility at the wireframe design stage. By identifying potential accessibility issues at this stage, costly retrofits can be avoided.


Fixing accessibility errors late in the development phase or after a Web design is finalized is frustrating. For the website owner, changes are costly and recommendations may affect the overall look of a site or may include subtle changes to its functionality. For developers, it means making last minute changes or learning new accessibility principles just to get a product ready to ship. Worse yet, it's estimated that correcting errors late in the development cycle can cost 1000 times as much as during the early design phase. A better approach is to start much earlier in the process, well before a single line of code is written. If considered during the early wireframe stage, simple fixes can be implemented to dramatically improve accessibility for end users. This presentation will leverage work our team has done in implementing accessibility at the early wireframe stage. It will include mockups of actual wireframes and demonstrate how to spot potential accessibility issues early.


  1. How to cut the cost of implementing accessibility
  2. Dramatically improve accessibility of sites
  3. Change your organization’s culture around accessibility

Speaker Bio(s)

Ken Nakata

Ken Nakata is the one of the most well-known attorneys in the area of IT accessibility and is the Director of Cryptzone’s Accessibility Consulting Practice (ACP). His work focuses on Web and software accessibility from both a legal and technical perspective. Nakata’s ACP team helps organizations manage the change towards accessibility in all aspects, providing consulting services aimed at shaping their accessibility policies and practices, and evaluating the overall state of their Web properties leveraging the company’s accessibility solutions. Nakata worked for twelve years as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He has argued on behalf of the United States government many times before the federal courts and has helped shape the government’s policies for the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Nakata also worked as Director of Accessibility and Government Compliance at BayFirst Solutions, a Washington, DC consulting firm.

Jeff Singleton

Jeff Singleton has worked in evaluating and supporting software for over two decades. Jeff is the Senior Accessibility Consultant at HiSoftware, the makers of Compliance Sheriff. Jeff is skilled in the use of AT software such as screen readers, assistive input devices and screen magnification for validating and testing projects. Jeff Singleton also has an in depth knowledge of accessibility requirements and guidelines such as Section 508 and the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and how they apply to real world applications.


Web ABCD— Accessibility Begins at Concept Design