Derek Featherstone Founder of Simply Accessible

Derek Featherstone is an internationally-known author, speaker and authority on accessibility and web design and development. He is the lead of Simply Accessible - a firm that delivers insightful and creative accessibility consulting to Fortune 500 corporations, educational institutions, public utilities, government agencies and other private sector clients.

He writes a lot about accessibility at He is anavid triathlete, a husband, father, and lover of elegant design.

MasterClassThu 11 February
Inclusive, by design: intentional inclusion

Many organizations around the world are becoming successful when it comes to creating accessible user experiences. However, teams are still struggling to include people with disabilities in the process as co-designers.

In this masterclass you’ll learn how to implement accessibility into all phases of the web design and production lifecycle. You should be ready to critically examine your own process to understand how the tools and methods you use may exclude people with a wide variety of disabilities. You'll walk away with a "tomorrow plan" -- 5 things that you can do tomorrow that will help you incorporate people with disabilities into your design process.

We will work through activities that will help you to:

  • Examine your design process for bias and exclusion
  • Review a typical design activity to find ways to include people with disabilities in that activity.
  • Understand the role of agency as part of meaningful participation and inclusion in the design process.

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