Lawsuits and demand for “accessible” technology continues to explode in 2019 and “accessibility” is becoming an industry buzz-word. Although website owners and operators are aware of the business and legal need for websites, apps, and other digital tech to be “accessible,” many are not clear on what this means on a practical level. This event will provide real-world examples and tips for navigating this issue, drawing from experience on hundreds of projects including more than one headline-level courtroom drama. This presentation will be led by Michele Landis (Accessible360) and Steve Helland (Fredrikson & Byron). Their focus will be providing actionable advice and key legal knowledge for owners and developers of websites, apps and other digital properties.
Attendees will leave with:
- A tool-box of practical tips, best practices, and tools for improving the accessibility of their own website and apps.
- An understanding of what “accessibility” means in practical terms.
- An understanding of how a blind person uses / experiences the Internet.
- Knowledge of the applicable law (the ADA), what it requires, and what questions the law leaves unanswered.
- An overview of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and how they relate to this issue?
Who this workshop is for:
- Those involved in website/app development or UX
- Agency or client “compliance” roles, including legal, compliance, and risk management
- Owners/entrepreneurs of solo / small shops, who wear most/all the hats
- Agency or company side employees who create digital content
Steve Helland is a partner and founder of the Accessible Technology Defense practice at Fredrikson & Byron. He represents over 50 clients in defending and efficiently resolving website accessibility / Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits and in compliance and risk-reduction actions.
Michele is the VP Business Development & Strategic Partners, Co-founder of Accessible360.
My years of successful sales and business development experience paired with my service and leadership on programs focused on inclusion and equal access have all fed my entrepreneurial spirit and prepared me for a unique opportunity in the area of website accessibility consulting. The best part of my position with A360 is increasing awareness and helping clients learn what it means to become compliant. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s good for your business.
I lead the Business Development for A360 by identifying potential partners, consulting on creative website strategies for our clients’ businesses and strengthening community relationships to further our mission.
Security Information: U.S. Bank Plaza has recently instituted a new security protocol that requires all visitors to the building to be registered and issued a guest badge. If you plan to attend this event, we strongly encourage registering at least 48 hours in advance, in order to expedite your arrival experience. Walk-in event attendees should allow for extra time for onsite security registration. For more information on the security process, click here.
Thanks to our sponsors, Fredrikson & Byron!