The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative + Cognitive Accessibility

Track: 1 (MAIN STAGE) Type of session: talk
Start Time: 13.15 Entry-level / open to all

The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) provides widely applicable standards with guidance on ensuring accessibility of electronic content and software, For example, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is well known as a technical standard that also applies beyond the web and is referenced in policies. WAI has developed its website to be a comprehensive resource providing clear introductions and materials supporting the use of accessibility standards including WCAG. This session will provide an introduction and overview of the WAI website.

There is a growing awareness of the accessibility requirements of people with cognitive and learning disabilities. A new resource from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) Accessibility Guidelines Working Group provides practical guidance on improving cognitive accessibility.

This session will introduce cognitive accessibility, the WAI guidance provided and also the comprehensive WAI website resource.

Session takeaways

  • Overview of the W3C WAI activity and website
  • Introduction to Cognitive Accessibility
  • Resources providing guidance


Steve is a software developer at heart who fell in love with the web a while ago. His mission is ensuring the web remains empowering for everybody. Practically that means working on improving its accessibility to people through standards, web technologies, content design, browser features and Assistive Technology. Steve works for the W3C WAI group using his skills to help develop resources and tools. Recently he has been concentrating on the Cognitive Accessibility resources.

Note: Speaker information is subject to change

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