Dave Fleming - Portfolio

Online Accessibility 

Experience
With over ten years working in the Online Accessibility space, I have worked in a wide range of roles within Fortune 500 companies. This career path has given me the experience and skills needed to successfully assist and/or lead your team to the best possible A11y solutions. Given the chance, I can dependably provide the right balance of teamwork, contemporary methodology and progressive tools to get the job done.

 

Following the industry standard WCAG 2.0 Guidelines and Fed 508 Standards, I have conducted my analysis with the most widely used and recognized screen readers, such as JAWS, NVDA, iOS VoiceOver, ChromeVox, and Android TalkBack. After assessing a wide variety of automated software, I've found PowerMapper to be one of the best solutions, offering a host of options with deep analysis and superlative exporting capabilities.   

 

In a recent article on LinkedIn, How do we improve video experiences for People With Disabilities?, I share some insights on how UX and Accessibility solutions can work together to provide the best holistic video for People With Disabilities. 

 

Recent Work

 

  1. Verizon Wireless - 2017: Accessibility Analyst, Content Writer, and A11y Research

  2. Verizon Wireless - 2017: UX Accessibility Pattern Library presentation and proposal

  3. Best Buy - 2016: Pattern Library UX Design Lead consulting with Accessibility Lead

  4. Target - 2006: post-litigation Accessibility Resources and Training Consultant

  5. Humans on the Run, A11y projects - 2018: Developing an A11y app to solve closed caption challenges for Video and A11y-friendly content for Carousels

 

 

Research: Looking Ahead ...

When it comes to understanding the complex nature of accessibility where browsers, operating systems, code, usability, assistive technology and the overall experience for PWD, it's easy to see where and why setbacks and issues arise. 

 

One example of these challenges concerns the use of Carousels, AKA slide shows that are frequently used to display product content that scrolls continuously - a usability issue in and of itself. Most people have no idea how annoying it is for PWD to encounter unusable displays of information such as carousels. Having worked side by side with PWD and listening to what they hear and have to put up with, prompted more empathy but also prompted me to explore solutions. I have written a short article, Making Carousels More A11y-Friendly, that addresses carousels' issues and poses a few solutions. 

From a business standpoint, many companies completely miss out on this opportunity for sales. Utilizing A/B Testing and other forms of usability assessments, organizations can quickly learn what, where and how they can make life easier for customers with disabilities - as well as making a difference in an increased revenue flow.

 

 

Make Tech More Accessible with These 12 APIs

"More and more hackathons today embrace themes like social good and accessibility ..."

Innovation 
Where are the intersections of progressive APIs and A11y breakthroughs?

Rapid API - THE BLOG

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