Accessibility Awareness and Foundations Webinar

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In celebration of this year's Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Deque offered a three-hour virtual training event. Attendees learned what digital accessibility is, why it’s important, how people with disabilities navigate the web, and how to champion accessibility to make a difference in your organization today.

This training was intended for all audiences; including policymakers, management, content creators, developers, designers, testers, and everything in between.

This event was divided into three components, which include plenty of time for Q&A. Topics included:

    1. What is digital accessibility and why it matters 
      • Building the business case for digital inclusion
      • How people with disabilities use digital technologies
      • Involving people with disabilities in the development process
    2. First-hand lived experiences and barriers faced by people with various disabilities
      • Challenges faced and lessons learned - the a11yRules podcast experiment
    3. Next steps for getting started: building for accessibility by leveraging technology
      • Getting started - leveraging automated tools for inclusion
      • Getting ahead - keyboard navigation as a key foundation for inclusion
      • Practical next steps to make a difference (not just on GAAD!)

About the Speakers

Esteemed Guest Speaker - Nic Steenhout


As a developer in the mid-’90s, Nicolas Steenhout was approached by clients facing issues not yet part of the public consciousness. On the emerging web, accessibility hurdles were keeping people with disabilities from engaging with a technological revolution.

Confronted by this gap within the digital landscape, Nic began championing web accessibility. He transitioned into the non-profit sector where he collaborated with people with a wide variety of impairments and was introduced to new assistive technologies.

Now, Nic is a renowned speaker, trainer, consultant, blogger, and host of the A11y Rules Podcast. With over twenty-five years of experience and having worked on three continents, he’s engaged with thousands of individuals with disabilities. 

You can find Nic on his site and on LinkedIn.

Denis Boudreau - Director, Instructor-Led Training Services

denis-boudreau-400x400-300x300Denis has dedicated the last 20+ years of his career to converting clients into digital inclusion believers. A strong advocate of a participant-centered approach to training, Denis passionately believes that students can learn twice as much in half the time when their brains do most of the talking during a training session.

He loves to spend as much time as possible coming up with new, innovative strategies to foster engagement and participation from learners, by designing activities and hands-on learning experiences that force students to flex their creative muscles to come up with solutions to make the digital world a more inclusive space for everyone. 

Tim Harshbarger - Senior Accessibility Consultant

Tim Harshbarger-1Tim is a Senior Accessibility Consultant at Deque specializing in training. Tim has assisted project teams in making their applications accessible for over 24 years. He spent most of that time with a Fortune 30 company before joining Deque.