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4 Ripe A11y Fruit to Remediate – A Blind User’s Review

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 20, 2024 - 3:20 PM PDT  
Grand CD  

While a sophomore in high school, Emily Zimmerman suddenly lost her vision as a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This forced her to change the way(s) she was familiar with, from living in a sighted world to learning to live life in total darkness, figuring out ways to navigate life in a new way.

Fifteen years later, Emily works as a use case tester with Level Access. After Emily provides some background on her journey through blindness, she and Nat will talk through the Level Access functional testing process. Finally, they'll also share Emily's top 4 "simple fixes," changes that companies can work on to make their digital properties more accessible before they begin their first audit.

Being involved as a use case tester and website remediation, she and Nat Tarnoff will provide the top four web features to review and fix in the pre-remediation stage. The four areas covered are:

  • The use of color
  • The use of images
  • The use of links/link text
  • The use of headings

Implementing changes to these four features requires minimal effort but will have maximum impact for the user.
Emily and Nat will demo using the screen reading software, Job Access With Speech (JAWS), to show good and bad examples of each of the four components mentioned above. They will also provide simple coding suggestions to make the changes that will have a lasting impact for all users.

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  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Finance & Banking
  • Legal
  • Retail & Wholesale
  • Transportation
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Has someone claimed your website isn't accessible? Not sure where or how to begin?
We'll walk through 4 topics to look at before auditing your site. Experience navigating websites from the perspective of a blind user.  
Primary Topic
Evaluation & Remediation  
Secondary Topics
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Design
  • Development
  • Law, Compliance, and Policy
Session Type
Exhibitor Track  


  • Emily Zimmermann
    Level Access
  • Nat Tarnoff
    Level Access

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