Website Accessibility Is a Social Justice Issue

Discussions about web accessibility are usually focused on the technical challenges, like ARIA roles and keyboard navigation. But a website that’s truly universally-accessible needs much more than that; building a more inclusive web means using clear language, guiding people to the answers they need, and making responsive sites that load quickly on whatever device they’re using.

We’ll explore a range of practical improvements you can make today, no matter the size of your organization or development budget.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss strategies for including accessibility as a core content attribute, rather than an afterthought to your content creation process
  • Explore what accessibility means from a design and UX standpoint, including pattern libraries, color contrasts, and information priority.
  • Learn about new tools and approaches to improve your site performance and technical accessibility.


Johanna Bates
Technical Director & Front-End Developer
Johanna Bates began her nonprofit tech career in 1999 when she was hired to write marketing copy for a nonprofit publisher, and ended up hand-coding their first-ever online book catalog as 500 pages of static HTML. She was next hired to build in a new, custom, open-source CMS, and she never looked back. Finding she preferred rural to city life, Johanna moved to western Massachusetts and spent eight years directing technology and writing related grants for Community Partners, a statewide health care advocacy organization. Today Johanna is a strategy consultant, front-end coder, and Drupalist. She co-owns DevCollaborative with Erin Fogel, whom she met through NTEN. Her team focuses on building Drupal sites for orgs in sustainable ways that help them get the most for their limited funds. She's been an NTEN member for over a decade, served on the NTC agenda steering committee for four years, and co-moderates NTEN's Drupal Community of Practice.

Eileen Webb
Director of Strategy & Livestock
Eileen Webb is a content strategist and co-founder of webmeadow, a firm that helps progressive organizations develop content and technology strategies to make the world a better place. Her background is in server-side coding and being that odd person who translates between the marketing and development teams. Webmeadow's offices are located on a solar-powered farm in northern New Hampshire; her Twitter feed is equal parts content strategy and pictures of poultry.

Rose Liebman
Advomatic, LLC
VP, Accounts
Rose Liebman is VP, Accounts at Advomatic, a web development firm that works with nonprofits and mission-driven organizations. With a background in design and project management, she is enjoying her current role helping clients navigate their choices to create a plan for success. She works with them throughout the life of their project and beyond to make sure that they are getting the support they need and the best return on their investment. She is grateful to be in the nonprofit space working with principled, passionate people and she especially loves the NTEN community.