What issues hinder addressing accessibility improvements?

On our recent webinar on Tuesday 18 August, Dafydd Henke-Reed, Principal Accessibility and Usability Consultant with AbilityNet spoke about Accessibility Anti-Patterns.

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In the webinar, attendees were asked to answer a poll question (with multiple choice answers): What issues have you encountered when trying to make accessibility improvements?

  • 46% said 'not knowing the right way to solve issues'
  • 49% said 'not knowing whether something is user friendly' 
  • 49% said 'having to retrofit accessibility' (to add new technology to an older system)
  • 49% say 'keeping on top of accessibility at large scale'.

Screenshot of poll results from webinar

These responses indicate significant gaps in accessibility knowledge, and highlight a broad need for better understanding of how to address digital accessibility issues, both at the start of a project or product development, and also when trying to fix identified accessibility issues.

Watch the webinar playback for key accessibility tips

After responding to the poll, attendees went on to learn from Dafydd's expert advice about ways they can avoid falling into traps when making accessibility improvements.

Dafydd explained more about:

  • Kitchen sink accessibility
  • Behind-the-scenes accessibility
  • The risks of bolt-on accessibility
  • Exclusionary accessibility

Watch the captioned webinar recording (below) to pick up valuable tips. You can also access the slides and follow-up Q&As from the session.

The recording and transcript also contain a 10 per cent discount code which can be applied to our online training courses - we have value-for-money courses designed to meet the needs of different digital roles, perfect for upskilling your team.

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Further resources

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