Breakout Sessions

Designing Accessible Systems

Ensuring that your website is accessible to users of all abilities benefits everybody: content can be handled by any browser software, you gain greater visibility in search engines, availability is increased for low-bandwidth users, and people using mobile devices get better and faster access.

Beyond the technical details, designing and building for accessibility is an ethical imperative. The promise and power of the internet lies in its ability to provide everybody with equal access to information, and we should not put barriers in the way of that.

We’ll cover the basics of how to evaluate your website’s accessibility and offer concrete ways to improve your site, both immediately (no, really) and over the longer term.



Thomas King
Director of Strategy

Thomas began his journey into digital strategy as a writing instructor. In moving to Portland, he found himself drawn toward the tech community. He believes that both writing and technology share roots in communication and curiosity, which helped smooth his transition into the tech world. Since that shift, Thomas has worked with organizations such as Travel Portland, Arizona State University, and the Portland Timbers on a wide array of digital projects. When he’s not helping our clients achieve their strategic goals on the web, he’s dabbling in the restoration of old axe heads and cookware. We’ve also heard that he makes an absolutely foul liquor from walnuts, but no one in the office can confirm this since we’re all too scared to try it.

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Wednesday, October 4
11:30am - 12:30pm