I'm excited to present a workshop on inclusive design at CreateTech 2017. If you plan to attend or did attend the workshop, please let me know any feedback you have in the comments section.

For attendees of the workshop (and for anyone who visits this site), I have prepared some accessibility checklists to help you remember to make accessible choices when you are designing experiences for the web. These follow below. ...continue reading CreateTech 2017 Inclusive Design Workshop

Most websites in North America and Europe now need to meet accessibility requirements. These include requirements described by Section 508 of the American Disabilities Act (ADA). They also refer to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).

Follow these five easy steps to make your wireframes more accessible:

  • One: Document the heading structure.
  • Two: Document hidden way-finding cues.
  • Three: Document focus order information and specify the visible focus state.
  • Four: Provide clear link labels.
  • Five: Design simple, usable forms.

...continue reading How to make your wireframes more accessible in five easy steps

Are you worried about 508 compliance? Do you have questions about how to meet web accessibility guidelines? Do you wonder what "ADA" and "WCAG" stand for? Here is a set of questions and answers that may help. I am commonly asked these questions. ...continue reading The “How not to get sued for inaccessibility” Q&A

This morning I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Marcy Markusa of CBC Radio One broadcasting from Winnipeg, Manitoba. The interview is included in .mp3 format, and the transcript is below.

It is 6:13, it is school day number 2, and today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. And if you’re like most people in this technological world, you’re starting your day on a mobile device, I’ve already been on three myself, but not everyone has equal access to what’s on the web. It is because even the most user-friendly websites are rarely accessible websites.

Alison Walden is with SapientNitro, a digital marketing agency, and she’s here now to spread the word about the benefits of an accessible website. Good morning. ...continue reading My Live Interview on CBC Radio One for Global Accessibility Awareness Day


This article is part 2 of my series, how to do an accessibility audit. It will give you step-by-step instructions to test a complete website for accessibility compliance. It assumes that the website you are testing meets the following criteria:

  • The website has a content management system
  • The website consists of a set of templates and components that are reused across the site.

...continue reading Six things you need to audit your site for accessibility

If you have found this page, you must be looking for a way to ensure the content you put online is accessible. Congratulations. In this post, I will show you some quick tests you can do to accomplish this.

...continue reading How to do an accessibility audit, part 1, the quick test

Merriam-Webster defines "usable" as "capable of being used." Oxford dictionary defines "usability" as "the degree to which something is able or fit to be used." These definitions do not specify who should be able to use that thing, but the implication is that the thing should be able to be used by everyone. Why then, is usability a different field than accessibility? Accessibility should be at the very root of usability. ...continue reading Usability should include accessibility


Congratulations if your web experience is accessible to all audiences. Don't stop now, here are five ways to make sure it stays that way:

  1. Make sure that future updates to the experience assessed for accessibility compliance in every phase (wireframe, design, development, and production).
    • It happens too often that we create an accessible experience and then let it slowly become inaccessible as errors are introduced in future phases.

    ...continue reading 5 ways to maintain accessible experiences online


If you care about your web content being accessible, try accessing it with a screen reader. Learning to use a screen reader is easier than ever. Both Windows and Mac operating systems (OS) have free screen readers available. This article refers to the Mac OS built-in screen reader, VoiceOver.
...continue reading How to use the VoiceOver screen reader