Redesigning for Cognitive Ease

After all the WCAG standards are met, how accessible is your site for users with cognitive disabilities? How can you tell? What does that mean? Where would you even start?

Alyssa Panetta has been making websites for over 20 years, and she didn’t understand what it was like to use the web with a cognitive disability until she developed one. After treatment to remove a slow-growing brain tumor, she had a hard time using most websites, including the ones she built! This real-world experience gave her a newfound perspective on accessibility, and she learned that there’s no better way to understand a user’s experience than living it. It also motivated her to learn new techniques that provide more accessible experiences for users with cognitive impairments and redesign parts of her sites with a focus on cognitive ease.

In this session, attendees will gain practical insights into redesigning websites with a focus on cognitive ease. Alyssa’s experience will provide attendees with actionable techniques to create web content that considers users with cognitive impairments.

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