Accessibility - Lightning Talks

  • 29 Apr 2021
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Online


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Hey Y’all,

Come join us for a series of lighting talks on a variety of topics around accessibility. You’ll hear talks about designing for cognitive disability, usability testing with people with disabilities, inclusive design and usability, top tips for accessible design, and trauma-informed design! Lightning talks are a short (~10 minutes) informal presentation to share a wide variety of ideas in a small amount of time.


  • 5:30-5:45pm: Sign-in and networking
  • 5:45-7:00pm: Lighting talks
  • 7:00-7:30pm: Q&A and networking

Topics & Speakers:

Designing an Accessible UX

by Katrina Powell

Senior Digital Marketing Specialist at SAS Institute, Inc

Creating harmony between web accessibility guidelines, inclusive design, and usability best practices is a challenge that UX designers and content creators often face. In this talk you’ll understand and embrace the core principles of inclusive design and usability in order to connect your customers with your product, and have your website be accessible by everyone regardless of age, culture, ability, gender, or other differences.

Speaker Bio:

Katrina L. Powell is a Sr. Global Digital Marketer who's on a mission to help organizations adopt a “web accessibility first” mindset – and think about accessibility at every stage of a project. In her role at SAS Institute, Inc., she leads digital accessibility efforts for over 60 global websites, and works with global marketing and creative teams to ensure website compliance. Her passion for accessibility, inclusive design and usability drives her commitment to think creatively and drive innovation. Katrina has been invited to share her marketing expertise, and practical and repeatable framework to organizations such as The City of Raleigh, NC State and British Airways. Her mix of marketing experience helps her develop strategies that deliver results and brings an immediate positive impact to organizations.

Trauma Informed Design

by Melissa Eggleston

Founder, UX Designer & Instructor at Birdcall

Learn what trauma informed design is, why we should care about it, the long term effects of trauma, and how UXers can make websites more trauma-informed.

Speaker Bio:

UX designer Melissa Eggleston founded Birdcall to serve those important organizations that often don’t have someone with her skills. This includes non-profits, B-corps, and other purpose-driven organizations. She has more than 12 years of experience helping organizations with their user experience and content strategy. She also teaches UX to graduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can learn more about her work on LinkedIn or on her personal website. A passion project for Melissa is promoting trauma-informed design. Melissa leads all Birdcall projects while bringing in other collaborators and/or UX apprentices as needed. To be a responsible corporate citizen we are pursuing B-corp certification in 2021.

Inclusive Usability Testing

by Sarah Arnold

Digital Accessibility Consultant at UNC at Chapel Hill

By including people with disabilities in usability tests, you ensure a broader audience can use your products. This talk will touch on what to consider when designing a usability test to include participants with disabilities. Topics include disability etiquette, materials and prototypes, and assistive technology.

Speaker Bio:

Sarah is a member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Digital Accessibility Office. Her work focuses on accessibility assessments and consultations with campus partners. She also oversees the Digital Accessibility Liaison program. Sarah joined the Digital Accessibility Office from the UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries, where she worked as the Content Strategy Librarian in the User Experience department for four years. She collaborated with colleagues to improve the usability and accessibility of the library's digital content. She has extensive experience with user research and testing methods. She earned her Master of Science in Library Science from Carolina’s School of Information and Library Science.

Making Design Systems Accessible

by Jessie Huff

Accessibility Lead, Front End Developer at Red Hat

Accessibility can feel overwhelming for a lot of designers and developers, but the process to become accessible doesn’t have to be. With Red Hat's open source design system PatternFly as a guide, we'll explore strategies for how you can design, develop, and test your own products with accessibility in mind.

Speaker Bio:

Jessie is the Accessibility Lead for Red Hat’s open source design system, PatternFly, as well as a Front End Developer. Her work includes and extends beyond PatternFly's components to the Red Hat products they appear in, to guide product teams in building experiences for all users. She is spearheading Red Hat's accessibility movement with her efforts around product audits, accessible design and development, accessibility testing and tooling, and creating processes for Red Hat teams to create accessible product experiences. Jessie's vested interest in understanding users and user experiences stems from her past studies and work in marketing. After pivoting to programming, she came to Red Hat where her passion for inclusivity and advocacy landed her in the role of overseeing the accessibility efforts across Red Hat User Experience Design. Now, she aspires to lead and educate others on how to create inclusive experiences for all users.

Accessible Design: Designing for Humans

by Michelle Chin

Manager, Product Design at Citrix

Designing for accessibility isn’t a matter of checking off boxes to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). It’s about designing for all humans regardless of their impairments. We want everyone to have usable experiences with our sites or apps. In this talk, Michelle will cover top tips for accessible design for humans.

Speaker Bio:

Michelle is a Product Design Manager at Citrix with 15+ years of accessibility experience. Originally from the DC area, many of her design projects were for federal clients. These projects had to be accessible, which is how she gained extensive knowledge on the topic. She loves teaching others how to incorporate accessibility into their design process. Michelle currently lives in the Bay Area. When she lived in Raleigh, she hosted events for exploreUX and participated on the Triangle UXPA Executive Council.

Inclusive Design and Cognitive Disability

by Dennis Lembree

Director of Accessibility at Diamond Web Services

Learn a variety of techniques to make your digital designs more inclusive and accessible. Learning points target users with a cognitive disability and will also increase usability for all users.

Speaker Bio:

Mr. Lembree is the Director of Accessibility at Diamond Web Services. Previously, he worked for five years as Sr Accessibility Consultant at Deque Systems and several years on the PayPal and eBay accessibility teams. He has experience at several start-up companies and has contracted at large corporations including Google, Ford, and Disney. Mr. Lembree has published articles, led webinars, and presented on digital accessibility at many conferences including the HTML5 DevCon, CSS DevCon, CSUN, AccessU, Accessibility Toronto, and Paris Web. Dennis runs a blog (and Twitter account) on web accessibility called Web Axe; and he created an accessible, two-time national award-winning Twitter app, Easy Chirp.


We will be using an online networking and conference tool called Airmeet to deliver this live presentation. 

This event will be recorded and Triangle UXPA members will have access to the recording post-event. We will provide additional sign-in details closer to the event.

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