Enter the Champions – The Journey Begins

2:00pm Thursday 14 November (Stream One)

How do we gracefully handle the growing amount of work and move from a reactive to a proactive accessibility world?

We have been trialling some ideas at the National Australia Bank in the Digital Wealth stream.

Not all have worked, but some have, and we are definitely learning some things along the way.

Belinda Dow

Senior Digital Accessibility Consultant

Belinda DowBelinda is an accessibility consultant / coach who has been involved in the accessibility field for over 10 years.

Bel’s interest in accessibility was sparked when, working as a developer at ANZ, she struck up a conversation with the new Accessibility Manager, Hamish – we won’t say it was just because he had a gorgeous guide dog called Jimmy (but it was).

Hamish offered to check out a microsite she had built. She was amazed and horrified watching him trying to navigate the site with a screen reader – the heading structure was all wrong, the modals had no focus management and worst of all were the form fields … well, you can probably guess the rest.

Needless to say, it was a huge lightbulb moment and so Hamish (or maybe Jimmy?) changed the direction Bel’s career was to take.