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Building an Accessibility Program from the Ground Up

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 - 3:20 PM PST  
Location
Platinum 7-8  
Description
Historically, accessibility remediation of digital products (software, websites) has been an afterthought for companies operating in the information and communications technology (ICT) fields. As a result, such companies have mostly relied on third parties (consultants) for accessibility audits and remediation of their products, often treating accessibility issues as one-time problems that can be solved once and forgotten. However, accessibility remediation and maintenance of digital products is a process and a long-term endeavor. Therefore, it is more beneficial (and often more economical) for companies to develop in-house resources and talent to be able to continuously maintain and improve the accessibility of their digital products. An Accessibility Program, consisting of representatives of key stakeholders, including product development and support groups, can act as a hub of activity for providing accessibility audits, advocacy, training, remediation support, and progress reporting to internal and external stakeholders. The Accessibility Program at MathWorks, over its five years of existence, progressed from being an accessibility audit group to providing technical support for software development teams, and to promoting accessibility innovations applicable to our MATLAB product family. We will present the evolution of the Accessibility Program at MathWorks and how its basic steps, policies, and procedures can be applied in similar corporate settings in ICT fields.  
Audience
  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Government
  • Research & Development
  • Employment & Human Resources
Audience Level
Intermediate  
Session Summary (Abstract)
Based on our own experience, we will cover the essential steps for starting, developing, and maintaining an in-house digital/software/web accessibility program to remediate, maintain, and improve the accessibility of digital products in ICT fields.  
Primary Topic
Digital Accessibility  
Secondary Topics
  • Employment & Workplace
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Leadership & Strategy
  • Web
 
Session Type
General Track  

Presenter

  • Bora Eryilmaz
    The MathWorks, Inc.

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