Session Descriptions

Here's a short description of each of the sessions for TechAccess Oklahoma.

10 steps to institutionalizing web accessibility, a case study

Alison Walden, Publicis Sapient

Slides: Beauty is Not Enough (Link to Download PPT)

Helping a large organization change the way they work is a challenging and rewarding task. For the last two years, I have led a team that helped one of the world’s top 10 largest auto makers assess their digital experiences for accessibility and plan and execute remediation efforts. This lecture will outline the steps we took to help our client institutionalize accessibility at their organization. I’ll share what worked well and what did not, and will conclude with a list of best practices that have worked well across a variety of other clients and what has worked best at my own organization, Publicis Sapient.

The WebAIM Million and Higher Ed in 4K: Lessons learned from big web accessibility data

Jared Smith, WebAIM and Jay Pope, Pope Tech

Resources shared during presentation:

This session will present automated analysis data for one million website homepages across all industries and 4,000 higher ed institutions to provide insight into the current and future state of web accessibility.

Listening to an Aha Moment: A screen reader in the Wild

Becky Gibson and Anthony Vasquez, Knowbility

Slides: Listening to an Aha Moment (PPT)

This session will cut through the jargon of standards and guidelines to humanize the issue of digital inclusion. We will discuss some common accessibility issues and then Anthony will demonstrate how he surfs the web using a screen reader. His demo will create an “AHA” moment that will help you understand the necessity and reality of Web accessibility.

Approaches to Accessibility: How (and why!) the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management Implements Accessibility Into Everyday Work

University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management

Slides: OU Center for Public Management: The How and the Why (PPT)

As an organization dedicated to serving the public, OU CPM implements accessibility in our every day operations. We will discuss briefly why this is important to us, and expand on the tools we utilize and the processes we implement to improve and achieve accessibility. Some of the regular challenges we face and approaches we take to work with, through, or around them will also come up.

Accessible Images for When It Matters Most

Carie Fisher, Deque

Article: Accessible Images For When They Matter Most

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic - timing is everything. The information you consume today could quite literally save your life tomorrow. And with more than 65 percent of the population being visual learners - meaning they learn and remember best through visual communication - the job of creating and sharing accessible images has never been more critical. This is especially true for government-issued public service announcements (PSAs) aimed at providing critical and urgent information to the public.

While creating accessible images seems like a simple topic at first glance - you just need to add alt text to an image, right? - the topic is much more nuanced than people think. In this talk, we will review the different types of images, dive into some real-world examples, and discuss which elements matter most when our message needs to reach everyone.

In this live webinar, Carie Fisher, Senior Accessibility Consultant at Deque, will review:

  • The different types of images - decorative vs informative (plus actionable, emotional, simple, and complex)
  • Image elements we need to consider for making our images more inclusive to all
  • Accessibility review of informational images created during the COVID-19 pandemic

Integrating Accessibility into the Procurement Process

Jeff Kline, State of Texas Department of Information Resources

Slides: Integrating Accessibility into the Procurement Process (PPT)

Navigating the world of accessibility elements of IT procurement can be daunting and confusing, but proper knowledge and tools, can greatly assist in understanding vendor documents and capabilities. This webinar will provide insight into what to expect from vendors of IT products and services, and tools for assessing vendor capabilities and making sound procurement decisions.

You’ve got mail! But is it accessible?

Dawn Watkins


Examine how emails can be built that considers the needs of all your audience.

Accessible Web Development in Higher Education

Oklahoma State University recently took on the task of creating a new easier to use interface for the delivered Ellucian Banner process for creating Employee Action Forms (EPAFs). This development also led to the creation of a more accessible process and tools that will assist in future development that will ensure accessibility.

Practical Accessibility Testing

Luis Garcia, Intuit

Slides: Practical Accessibility Testing

Accessibility testing is a challenge for most organizations trying to make their websites accessible. Accessibility teams are typically small and web publishers across an organization can't be expected to be accessibility experts let alone know how and what to test for. Luis Garcia will share some strategies to help you test your websites and mitigate these problems through a combination of automated and manual testing.

Efficient & Effective Design: Conserving Cognitive Energy

Glenda Sims, Deque

Slides: Efficient and Effective Design (PPT)

What if I told you that I could make you fall in love with Cognitive Accessibility? I don’t ever want you to compromise on good design. Let me show you how the principles of Cognitive Design can elevate your UI to a delightful user experience for all. Learn about key cognitive challenges and how they exist in our daily lives. Explore actionable design principles that will reduce mental friction for all of your users.