Various public administrations around the globe are adopting WCAG 2.0 as the baseline for their web accessibility standards, but do they really understand what it is they're adopting? The upcoming Section508 refresh will probably align the United States to WCAG 2.0 level AA in the next year or so - these standards disrupt traditional development patterns within organizations. This disruption jeopardizes the profitability of Web projects. History shows that accessibility experts have raised countless heated debates on how to best implement WCAG. If subject matter experts cannot agree on the most efficient interpretations, how can we expect the rest of us to agree on a common understanding? How can an organization managing multiple web development teams over as many web development projects make their entire web presence consistently accessible, when no one agrees on what must be done, and how? This session will begin by demonstrating how accessibility standards can be filtered into a series of simple, straightforward and easy to implement requirements that can help organizations tackle web accessibility more efficiently. Through lectures and break out sessions, participants will analyze various WCAG 2.0 success criteria to build a common understanding that can then be shared with every stakeholders in a Web project, regardless of their level of expertise with the accessibility guidelines, so organizations can achieve their goals of digital inclusion on the web.
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