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Marcy Sutton

Marcy Sutton

Marcy Sutton is a freelance web developer who works with organizations as a lead accessibility engineer and teacher. In the past Marcy has worked on accessibility testing tools including axe-core, JavaScript frameworks, websites and web applications.

Marcy’s focus on access and user experience was recognized by O'Reilly in 2016 with a Web Platform Award. When away from the keyboard, Marcy can be found hiking with her dog, riding bicycles, adventuring in her camper van, or cooking something delicious.

Not the Accessibility Police: Building Accessibility Skills Across an Entire Company

Digital experiences that exclude people with disabilities should be criminal. In fact, inaccessible websites and apps are illegal according to some courts ruling on civil rights matters. As technologists we have a responsibility and an opportunity to improve digital accessibility. When you are but one person, however, how can you make an impact without burning yourself out?

In this talk we'll explore real-world accessibility scenarios that you might encounter as a team member and strategize how to make progress. For example, how would you deal with an inaccessible date picker that's been ignored for years? You would evaluate the scope and the age of the problem, break it down into parts and lobby for phased improvements. You may or may not be the person to work on a fix but your communication could be pivotal to the process.

You may also encounter organizational friction and ultimately decide to move on from the company or internal team. These lessons would provide wise questions to ask when interviewing and evaluating your next role. By presenting alternate communication styles in an "upside-down" (don't do this) and a "right-side up" approach (maybe try this!), we'll think through how to make our best efforts toward sustainable accessibility.