The Importance of Accessibility

Join us in a panel discussion that explores the history, value, and practical application of accessibility in a digital product design workflow.

Accessibility can be challenging to navigate when designing and developing a digital product. NWEA works through it in the education space with students and teachers. We would like to share what we’ve learned about accessibility, how accounting for it expands your user base, and the functional and financial aspects of integrating it early in development. Product and UX/UI designers, graphic designers, developers, educators — come and gain insight into accessibility’s importance and how it can impact creative efforts.

Panelists include:

Elizabeth Barker

Elizabeth is a senior content specialist at NWEA who began her career in education as a special education teacher later earning a master’s degree in special education from the University of Colorado and then her doctoral degree from the University of Oregon with an emphasis on growth trajectory for students with learning disabilities in mathematics and reading comprehension. She has served as a lead in her school districts by teaching courses on how to collect and use data to inform instruction.

Brian Tosky

Brian brings years of academic, educational technology and digital accessibility experience to his position as a product manager at NWEA. Before joining NWEA, Brian worked for, an educational technology company that specializes in helping schools create and implement digital content into their curriculum. Today, Brian works as a product manager on accessibility and accommodations and has the goal of making all NWEA products and services accessible for partners.

Mark Schmidt

Mark has been creating new software products and experiences for over a decade, under a variety of titles from developer to product manager to user experience manager. He now manages the user experience team and spends his time fostering a user-centered design process and culture.

Moderated by Jen Macias

Jen comes to NWEA with a background in molecular biosciences and creative visual design. She now works as a senior user experience designer working to improve product training experiences for educators.