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If you weren’t able to attend the 2019 CSUN Assistive Technology Conference (or maybe you were, but had to miss some of our sessions) now you’ll be able to enjoy the same talks by industry experts from the comfort of your own desk. We’re showcasing our most popular sessions from the conference in this series of free webinars.

How to Improve Accessibility for Users with Anxiety

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, roughly 18% of the American population lives with some type of an anxiety disorder.  Fortunately, Marty Strauss will cover in detail  how thoughtful design can alleviate some of the potential anxiety experienced by users on the web. The webinar covers:

  • The spectrum of anxiety disorders and common challenges associated on the web
  • WCAG 2.1 criteria and other guidelines that support these users
  • Simple design solutions to mitigate anxiety-causing situations
  • How those solutions benefit other user types (and some ways they may not)

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ADA and the Internet – Legal Update

How—and when—do the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other accessibility laws apply to websites, mobile apps, and other digital content? Seyfarth Shaw LLP Partner Kristina Launey and Level Access Chief Accessibility Officer Jonathan Avila discussed recent legal developments and court decisions, as well as steps you can take to minimize legal risk and protect your organization. The webinar also covered:

  • The ADA litigation landscape
  • Recent appeals court decisions and how they could affect your organization
  • Regulatory actions—and inaction—by federal agencies
  • Strategies for managing risk in the face of rising digital accessibility litigation

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Winning at Scale – Accessibility in Design Systems and Design Ops

Design Ops, which operationalizes the design process to give designers and copywriters room to focus on the things they do best, also creates an opening for accessibility specialists to play a pivotal role in systems design. But how do you integrate accessibility into design systems in a way that creates a sustainable process that allows for continuous improvement and a standardized, accessible user experience? Chief Experience Officer Derek Featherstone will offer strategies for building accessibility into your organization’s Design Ops.  Join us at 2pm ET on Tuesday, May 28th to learn more about:

  • Basic Design Ops terminology
  • Roles and responsibilities on a Design Ops team
  • Real-world examples of how to start working with a design system
  • Design Ops models and how different approaches work for different scenarios

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Gray-Box Mobile Accessibility Testing

Do you find accessibility testing for mobile to be difficult compared to testing websites? You’re not alone. There are different accessibility requirements on different platforms, which are mainly set at the lower code level. Then there’s figuring out the testing method and finding people with the skills, knowledge, tools, and assistive technology to do the job. Wouldn’t it be great if mobile accessibility could be tested as effectively as everything else? Director of Accessibility Research Alistair Garrison says it is possible with gray-box testing. Join us at 2pm ET on Wednesday, June 5th to learn more about:

  • The difficulties currently facing mobile developers
  • What’s working now for organizations like yours
  • Gray-box testing using higher-level, cross-platform tests
  • How this method of testing may work better – and easier – than your current methods

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Big Organization Accessibility: Aetna Case Study

Establishing an enterprise-wide accessibility program for a large and diverse company is a challenging task. In this webinar, Aetna’s Director of Digital Accessibility/Usability David Annecharico will explain how his company rolled out its digital accessibility program, including the basic pillars of support, strategic actions, and other practical techniques that made Aetna’s program a success. Join us at 2pm ET on Thursday, June 13th to learn more about Aetna’s journey, including:

  • The importance of executive-level support, adequate funding, and an effective operating model from the beginning
  • Partnering with Compliance and Legal teams to publish an official compliance policy for digital accessibility
  • Integrating digital accessibility checkpoints into information technology product development lifecycles
  • Implementing formal usability testing that includes participants with various disabilities
  • How Aetna’s Digital Accessibility Center acted as a central resource to provide a variety of services and support to the enterprise

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WCAG 2.1 and Mobile Accessibility

Ensuring accessibility of mobile devices and their apps is difficult on two fronts: first, the technology is constantly evolving; and second, WCAG 2.0 didn’t delve too deeply into guidelines for mobile. This has all changed with WCAG 2.1. Mobile Accessibility expert Kara VanRoekel will walk you through everything you need to know about the new guidelines (including when you should be implementing them). Join us at 2pm ET on Tuesday, June 25th to learn more about:

  • The 17 new WCAG 2.1 success criteria, which include 11 with special considerations for mobile devices and touch screens
  • Who benefits from these new guidelines
  • Effective testing strategies for mobile and touch screen devices
  • Compliant and non-compliant examples for each new criterion.

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Where Accessibility Lives – Incorporating Accessibility into your Process and Team

To ensure accessibility as an outcome, organizations must make sure that accessibility and inclusion embedded in their mindset, processes, and tools they’re already using, rather than in the head of a single accessibility expert. But how do you make that happen? In this engaging webinar, Chief Experience Officer Derek Featherstone will present real-world examples of making accessibility live in your automation tools, style guides, pattern libraries, and design systems, ready to create a more accessible and inclusive web. Join us at 2pm ET on Tuesday, July 2nd to learn more about:

  • Examining your own process to look for opportunities to consciously include, rather than unconsciously exclude
  • Common mistakes organizations make when they misinterpret accessibility advice or misunderstand their users’ accessibility needs
  • How incorporating people with disabilities into your processes leads to a more accessible product for everyone
  • One possible journey that your organization can take to achieve accessibility as an outcome

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