Video: Access granted: Working with an accessibility mindset

Accessibility can be difficult to approach as an an organization. It is a complicated topic, and it is difficult to know where to begin, and it is hard to know when you’ve sufficiently met the requirements. But accessibility complaints are prevalent, and educational institutions need to build online experiences that don’t leave students behind to comply with local and federal regulations. With the right tools and mindset, building websites that include all your users doesn’t have to be hard.

This presentation will detail tools and techniques to evaluate the current state of accessibility on your WordPress site and improve your site’s accessibility both during and after its construction. Although you will get the best results by integrating accessibility into the development process in the initial creation of a website, it’s never too late to improve the accessibility of your offerings. We will discuss automated tools for identifying potential accessibility problems, along with common solutions to those problems, that are both technical and editorial in nature. We’ll also talk about the future of WordPress, and how to be smart about upgrading to Gutenberg to maintain accessibility.

Key takeaways: plan for accessibility during development, monitor for accessibility periodically after launch and iterate on accessibility using automated scanning tools.

You can learn more about this session on the WPCampus 2018 website at

Kevin Fodness
Pattie Reaves

What is WPCampus?
WPCampus 2018 was the third annual in-person conference for the WPCampus community, a gathering of web professionals, educators and people dedicated to the confluence of WordPress in higher education. The event took place July 12-14 on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Learn more about the event at

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Kevin Fodness

Director of Software Development, Alley Interactive@kevinfodness

I am the Director of Software Development at Alley Interactive. I leads Alley's JavaScript practice, developing everything from front-end data visualizations to full-stack JavaScript applications written in React and Node. I have experience developing WordPress sites for publishers and nonprofits, and was formerly the lead developer on the Publish to Apple News WordPress plugin. I received my PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where I studied web accessibility.

Pattie Reaves

Senior UX Developer, Alley Interactive@pazzypunk

Pattie Reaves is a senior UX developer at Alley Interactive on the data visualizations and interactives team. She has more than 10 years of experience building websites with WordPress and Drupal. Prior to Alley, she worked as a newspaper editor, where she worked as an editor producing digital storytelling, managing a volunteer blog network, producing social media and running audience analytics. She has taught a college journalism class at the University of Maine.

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