• 39th CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18-22, 2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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The Crossroads of Accessibility and Localization

Date & Time
Friday, March 22, 2024 - 11:20 AM PDT  
Grand JK  

Accessibility and localization are two important aspects of creating user-friendly and inclusive digital products. Accessibility refers to the design and development of web content and digital technology while considering the ways they will be used by people with different abilities and needs. Localization refers to the process of adapting web content and digital products to different languages, cultures and regions, taking into account the preferences, norms, and sensibilities of the target audience. While they may seem unrelated on the surface, there are many intersections between the two. This discusses the challenges and best practices of navigating the crossroads of accessibility and localization. Covering topics such as: Conducting cultural research and understanding to avoid offending or confusing regional users or persons with disabilities. Managing multilingual content and translate not only visible text but also “hidden” accessibility information. Designing for global accessibility to ensure that web content and interfaces are flexible and responsive to different devices. Using appropriate colors, icons, images, and navigation patterns for different cultures, regions and visual disabilities. Challenges of adapting content and interface elements for dyslexic users across regions and cultures. During the session we will provide real world examples of both successful and unsuccessful routes thru the global crossroads of accessibility and localization.

This Presentation Link (PPTX) is provided by the Presenter(s) and not hosted by the Center on Disabilities at CSUN. The Center on Disabilities has confirmed, as of April 18, 2024, content linked is relevant to the presentation, but has not been reviewed for accessibility nor will the Center on Disabilities attempt to remediate any accessibility issues in the linked content. Please contact the Presenter(s) with any accessibility concerns.

  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Government
  • Finance & Banking
  • Media & Publishing
  • Marketing
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
Accessibility and Localization are both vital for creating inclusive technology. Localizing for a global audience entails more than just language for accessibility. Navigating these aspects incorrectly could impact compliance, revenue and reputation.  
Primary Topic
Digital Accessibility  
Secondary Topics
  • Design
  • Development
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Web
Session Type
General Track  


  • Erin Lucas
  • Katherine Zinger

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