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Accessibility
Advocacy
Janis Yee
www.janisyee.ca
I am not an expert.
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
What is Accessibility
Advocacy?
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Advocacy is an activity by an
individual or group that aims to
influence decisions within
political, economic, and social
systems and institutions.
Wikipedia
Accessibility Advocacy is
about doing whatever it
takes to give accessibility
considerations a seat at the
table everywhere.
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Where do you
start?
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Progression of Impact
1. You
2. Your Peers
3. Your Team
4. Your Company
5. Your Community
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
1. Start with YOU
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
#wethechamps
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Invest in yourself
1. Keep learning
2. Apply your knowledge
3. Grow your proactive
mindset
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Who can make
accessibility happen?
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
It’s not enough to just be
the squeaky wheel.
You’ve gotta bring your
own grease too.
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
2. Your PEERS
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Things you can do
1. Host lunch and learns
2. Setup posters everywhere
(even in bathroom stalls)
3. Answer questions in Slack
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Dos and donts on designing
for accessibility Posters
https://accessibility.blog.gov.u
k/2016/09/02/dos-and-donts-o
n-designing-for-accessibility/
3. Your TEAM
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Challenges within Teams
1. Poor psychological safety
2. Lack of budget, time, or
dedicated resources
3. Misconceptions about
scope
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
4. Your COMPANY
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Challenges with Companies
1. No corporate awareness
2. Lack of executive support
3. Lack of education program
4. Silos by function
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
The Accessibility Maturity Model in a nutshell
Beginning
No executive
mandate,
policies, or
budget
Transition
Some
Executive
support, no
clear strategy
Goal
Full executive
support and
thought
leadership
Adapted and simplified from Neil Milliken’s model
Basic Strategies
1. Identify maturity level
2. Map out influencers
3. Identify gaps and plan
4. Gather executive support
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
5. Your COMMUNITY
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Things you can do
1. Attend events
2. Share what you know
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Who can make
accessibility happen?
Janis Yee, a11yTO July 2019
Thank you!
Questions?
Comments?
Discussion?

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