PRO TALK: Accessible Accessibility

- PST
DeveloperWeek PRO STAGE B

Josh Goldberg
Codecademy, Staff Frontend Developer

Hi, I'm Josh! I'm a staff frontend developer from New York with a passion for open source, static analysis, and the web. Within the Web Platform team at Codecademy I focus on our shared static analysis, testing, and accessibility tooling.

In my spare time, I contribute to TypeScript and other open source projects in its ecosystem, and am writing a Learning TypeScript book for O'Reilly. I'm passionate about bringing accessible education to the masses in a sustainable way. 


The sad reality of our industry is that many sites and services are woefully inaccessible, and the teams behind them may not have the prior knowledge or motivation to become accessible. Making your product accessible is likely to be at least as much of a political battle as it is a technical. This talk will guide you through being firm but collaborative in both of those struggles.

We'll start with the common ways of speaking to your coworkers' motivations and positioning product accessibility to fit them. We'll then cover how to built it into your team practices. We'll end with an overview of the automations you can put in place to make sure your product and people become accessible and stay that way.