There is one question that Derek Featherstone gets asked more than anything. How is inclusive design different than accessibility? To be fair, it’s one I’ve considered asking myself, more than once. And perhaps not surprisingly, the answer is pretty simple. Accessibility is an outcome. Inclusive design is a process.
Many organisations these days are working to make their sites, apps and products accessible to people with disabilities. They do a tonne of testing if the stars align, accessibility is the ultimate outcome. Inclusive design, on the other hand, requires that we intentionally work towards that outcome. A thoughtful process that includes people with disabilities is much more likely to expand our understanding of what people need and help guarantee success.
We’re going to unpack this idea with Derek in our Slack channel and we’d love you to join us.
- Where: Our dedicated ‘Ask the UXperts’ Slack channel (You’ll need to request an invitation if you haven’t yet joined our Slack channel)
- When: 3:30pm Tuesday 11 December PST or 10:30am Wednesday 12 December AEDT (or find out what time that is for you)
Meet Derek Featherstone
Derek Featherstone is an internationally known speaker and authority on accessibility and inclusive design. He has been working on the web since 1999. He migrated to the field of accessibility and quickly discovered the need to move thinking about accessibility and inclusion into the design process.
Derek is a former high school teacher, that brings his passion for education to the web industry. Derek is the Chief eXperience Officer at Level Access, helping clients understand that accessibility is part of creating great user experiences for everyone, including people with disabilities.
Derek lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife and their 4 children. He’s also a fitness instructor and 3 time IronMan triathlon finisher.
Some Questions to Inspire You
- How can we ensure that we’re starting in a place that will set us up for success down the line?
- If we come to this new way of thinking part way through the process, are we too late?
- This sounds like a lot more work. How can I get buy in from my stakeholders?
How to Ask Your Questions
If you can’t make the live session but have questions, we’d love to collect them ahead of time and we’ll ask Derek on your behalf. You can ask them in the comments below. We’ll publish the responses (along with the full transcript) in the days following the session.
How does Ask the UXperts work?
These sessions run for approximately an hour and best of all, they don’t cost a cent. We use a dedicated public Slack channel. That means that there is no audio or video, but a full transcript will be posted up on here in the days following the session.