Alistair Duggin

Accessibility Specialist, Consultant and Trainer

Alistair Duggin

Accessibility Specialist, Consultant and Trainer

Alistair Duggin

Not all issues are equal: How to prioritise an accessibility backlog

Unfortunately, it's very easy for designers and developers to accidentally introduce accessibility issues, especially when not familiar with accessibility guidelines and the different ways people interact with websites. As a result, most websites are rife with barriers that make it difficult or impossible for some users to access content or complete essential user journeys. When presented with a long list of accessibility issues to fix, teams are usually overwhelmed and don't know where to begin.

In this talk, Alistair will explain how accessibility issues are not all equal and describe how to prioritise and group them so that you can tackle them effectively. Lessons will also be shared on how to approach accessibility more efficiently.

About

Alistair Duggin is an independent accessibility specialist and consultant from the UK. He has over 20 years of digital experience, starting off as a web developer at the BBC and emerging as an eminent advocate for accessible design.

Alistair is the former Head of Accessibility at Government Digital Services, where he transformed how the UK government approached accessibility: embedding accessibility in the GOV.UK Service Manual and Design System, building and supporting a 1500+ strong cross-government accessibility community and creating the UK's first assistive technology empathy/device lab. Alistair helped GOV.UK achieve its status as a globally recognised examplar for accessibility and built up the London Accessibility Meetup to be the largest accessibility meetup in the world.

Other roles have included being a Senior Accessibility Consultant at Apple and Principal Accessibility Consultant at Nomensa where, for the last 2 years, he has been growing their team of accessibility consultants and working with private, public and charity sector clients including NHS.UK, WeTransfer and the Alzheimer's Society. Alistair's approach to accessibility on the BBC 2012 London Olympics website inspired the creation of the BBC's accessibility champions network.