Derek Featherstone

Chief Experience Officer

16.15 - 16.50

With, not for: the art of inclusive design

There are lots of different approaches to making things accessible. We can design and build an app that is not accessible and retrofit it to become accessible or create a second version that is accessible. We can create a website that is partly accessible based on our understanding of design, code and content — and we can be happily surprised when people with disabilities test it and they can use it. We can muddle our way through and end up with things that are accessible simply because we got lucky. However, there is a better way.

When we create using inclusive design processes and methods, we are intentionally putting our designs to the test with people with disabilities, and end up with an intentionally more accessible result that is easy to use. In this talk, Derek will walk through case studies of implementing inclusive design, sharing the lessons learned along the way.

About 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, starting as a web developer. 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. He founded and led an international
team of accessibility and usability experts at Simply Accessible, working with high profile clients to ensure they were crafting and
facilitating great user experiences for everyone, including people with disabilities.

Simply Accessible was recently acquired by Level Access, where Derek is now the Chief Experience Officer – focused on ensuring that
accessibility and inclusion are seen as an integral part of user experience and service design, rather than as a simple checklist afterthought.

Derek lives in Ottawa, Canada with his wife and their 4 children. He’s also a fitness instructor and 3 time IronMan triathlon finisher.