Cryptzone to Present Web ABCD— Accessibility Begins at Concept Design at #AHG15

November 11, 2015 |

Next week, join me and Cryptzone’s Jeff Singleton at the 18th Annual Accessing Higher Ground as we present Web ABCD— Accessibility Begins at Concept Design on Thursday, November 19 at 8:00 am MT.

Fixing accessibility errors late in the development phase or after a Web design is finalized is frustrating. For the website owner, changes are costly and recommendations may affect the overall look of a site or may include subtle changes to its functionality. For developers, it means making last minute changes or learning new accessibility principles just to get a product ready to ship. Worse yet, it’s estimated that correcting errors late in the development cycle can cost 1000 times as much as during the early design phase. A better approach is to start much earlier in the process, well before a single line of code is written. If considered during the early wireframe stage, simple fixes can be implemented to dramatically improve accessibility for end users. This presentation will leverage work our team has done in implementing accessibility at the early wireframe stage. It will include mockups of actual wireframes and demonstrate how to spot potential accessibility issues early.

Accessing Higher Ground, held November 16, 2014 – November 20, 2014 in Colorado, is focused on the implementation and benefits of Accessible Media, Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the university, business and public setting. Other topic areas cover legal and policy issues, including ADA and 508 compliance. The creation of accessible media and information resources, including Web pages and library resources are a particular focus of the event.

While at Accessing Higher Ground, we will also showcase Cryptzone’s solutions for Web accessibility so that organizations can automatically audit and monitor for Web accessibility, privacy, brand integrity and site quality. If you’re using SharePoint be sure to talk to us about our solutions for making the SharePoint framework accessible.

For more information visit 18th Annual Accessing Higher Ground.

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Ken Nakata

Ken Nakata, JD, CIPP/US is the one of the most well-known attorneys in the area of IT accessibility and is the Director of Cryptzone’s Accessibility Consulting Practice (ACP). Nakata’s work focuses on Web and software accessibility from both a legal and technical perspective. Nakata’s ACP team helps organizations manage the change towards accessibility in all aspects, providing consulting services aimed at shaping their accessibility policies and practices, and evaluating the overall state of their Web properties leveraging Cryptzone’s accessibility solutions. He is also a board member for the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP),of which Cryptzone is a founding member.

Nakata worked for twelve years as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He has argued on behalf of the United States government many times before the federal courts and has helped shape the government’s policies for the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Nakata also worked as Director of Accessibility and Government Compliance at BayFirst Solutions, a Washington, DC consulting firm.

In 2000, Attorney General Janet Reno presented Nakata with the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Information Technology. In addition to practicing law, Nakata is active in software and web-based technologies, including Java, JavaScript, SQL, and ColdFusion. In July 2001, he was certified by Sun Microsystems as a programmer for the Java 2 Platform. Nakata is a frequent speaker on both law and technology and is equally adept at conducting one-on-one workshops with programmers and developers as well as explaining law and policy to large audiences. He holds a Bachelors of Art degree in mathematics from John Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is admitted to the bars of New York, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Washington.

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