Accessibility Checklists — Just say No

Checklist with Yes and No Options, red pencil, X in “no” checkbox

I am a Accessibility Manager with 15 years of experience. No more general A11Y Checklists, PLEASE !!!

Checklists are part of a reactive, not proactive accessibility practice

Checklists are a black and white solution in a sea of gray

Checklists do not motivate people to think neutrally or positively about people with disabilities

WebAIM’s Hierarchy for motivating accessibility change. In order of effectiveness from strongest to weakest they are inspire, enlighten reward, require, punish, guilt

Checklists are a crutch

Checklists put blinders on users

Checklist items open to interpretation create more problems than they solve

Checklists don’t lead to an inclusive culture

Accessibility and usability are NOT equivalent.

When are checklists OK?


Blogger, disability advocate, nerd. Bringing the fire on ableism. A11y Architect @ VMware. Wheelchair user w/ a deaf daughter. CS, Law, and Business background

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