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Lainey Feingold shares Sh%t Folks Say to Web Accessibility Attorneys at AccessU at CSUN Feb 27

Actually the title of her talk is Legal Issues Behind Web Access:  The Law is a Key – Let’s use it!  There is still time to sign up and attend two days of practical web accessibility training in San Diego.  Read on for a preview of Lainey Feingold’s unique and engaging perspective and come to AccessU to hear her keynote in person.

Lainey Feingold is excited to help kick-off the Monday morning session at AccessU at CSUN.  Her alternative presentation title is “Sh%t Folks Say to Web Accessibility Lawyers.”   Why? Because she wants to highlight the positive aspects of (drum-roll) the “LAW” and clear up some misconceptions people have about legal issues and how they relate to web access.

What kinds of things DO people say to web accessibility lawyers? Things like “the law is a blunt instrument – don’t use it if at all possible” or “I never mention the law – too negative.” Or “Talking about the law backfires –  I try to ignore it.”

Here are a few advance take-aways from the session:

  • The right to independently access, and interact with, information on the web is a civil right.  And it is a right written into both federal and state law in the U.S. and other countries.  (We’ll briefly talk about what those are.) Civil Rights are good – so why do so many people think of the law as bad?
  • There are lots of different ways to USE the law.  A lawsuit might be considered a punch in the stomach…  But other methods – like Structured Negotiations that Lainey practices – is more of an outstretched hand.  Lesson?  Don’t confuse the “what” of the law with the “how” of the law
  • Legal strategy has been key to advancing web inclusivity.  There are lots of legal strategies – some don’t even involve lawyers!  We’ll talk about them all Monday morning in San Diego.

Lainey Feingold has been working on issues of web accessibility for over fifteen years.  She has negotiated web agreements with large institutions including Major League Baseball, American Cancer Society and Bank of America.  More information on the LF Legal website.  A short summary with links of all the press releases related to the web accessibility settlements she’s negotiated is found on her site as well.


Everything you need to know about web accessibility

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What could be nicer than San Diego in February?  Great weather, world class web accessibility training and a 50% discount to the CSUN conference too!

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Register Now for Knowbility’s world-renowned AccessU program, offered in Feb 27th and 28th in collaboration with the 27th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference.   This unique conference-within-a-conference is designed to provide useful, practical training for skill levels from novice to expert. The lineup of experts is amazing and they will teach you all you need to know about web accessibility whether you are a designer, a programmer, a project manager or an administrator.

What to expect?

AccessU will run two concurrent tracks tailored for different registrants’ needs

Track #1 – Administrative

Focuses on the business side and geared towards procurement officers, project managers, HR professionals and more.

Track #2 – Technical

Dedicated to materials and topics for technical staff, designers, and developers.

More information

Expert hands-on instruction by Jennison Asuncion, Margy Bergel, Denis Boudreau, Ann Chadwick-Dias, Derek Featherstone, Lainey Feingold, Shawn Henry, Molly Holzschlag, Todd Kloots, Sharron Rush, Jim Thatcher.

Attendees may move freely between the tracks. Participants may register for the full two-day program at $595.00; one-day program at $425.00.  And registration for AccessU provides a 50% discount for the regular CSUN conference!

Or you may choose to register for AccessU only by choosing the Pre-Conference Only option when registering.

More on the CSUN website about AccessU details and Registration.  We hope to see you in San Diego in February.

Photo of instructors

Sharron Rush

Ann Chadwick Dias

Marguerite “Margy” Bergel

Shawn Henry

Denis Boudreau

Molly Holzschlag

Derek Featherstone

Jennison Asuncion

Todd Kloots