As a UX Researcher poorly designed UX is hard not to notice. As a disabled user, it is a daily struggle. We'll talk about the impacts of inaccessible design and how you can begin today to make digital spaces inclusive.
Using a storytelling format, I'll share my personal experience, general information about the state of accessibility in digital space, as well as ways to make improvements that are easy to implement and benefit all. Accessibility is the standard we should be striving for, yet we still have a long way to go. Through examples, prompts for reflection and outlining simple actions to take to get engaged and learn, I will encourage others to join the effort to make the web accessible and welcoming for all.
Holly Schroeder is a UX researcher, instructor, artist, and writer. Her interest in what makes people tick transformed into a passion when she swiped her mom's cassette recorder to play "interview."
She believes accessibility is the secret sauce for awesome products and works as a UX Researcher working in healthcare. Recently, she authored a chapter on accessibility for 97 Things Every UX Practitioner Should Know. Holly lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband and crew of rescue pets. She enjoys DIY projects, meeting new people, painting, and exploring nature.
Holly is co-president of the St. Louis Experience Design Meetup and is an executive board member of A11y STL. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as certificates in UX and Web Development.