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Ann Arbor Spark

Apps Are For Everyone…Right? Inclusive Mobile With Jeannette Washington, M. Ed.

Monday, April 01 2019 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

We have an excellent speaker for our April 1st Meetup and a timely topic: Jeannette Washington will join us to discuss Inclusive Design, aka Accessibility.

Your code is clean; your images are responsive, and your content is meaningful. Your app appears perfect, but is it perfect for everyone? With approximately 57 million Americans living with disabilities today, this is the nation’s largest minority and the only minority group that any person can join at any time. So, did you design with accessibility in mind? Join us as we deploy the narratives that exist at the intersection of ability and access.

Here are just two items that highlight the urgency with which this topic should be treated:

1) Domino’s Pizza (in January of this year) lost a widely watched appeal case in the 9th Circuit Federal Court for not making their website and apps accessible for the blind. The implications of this case are potentially incredibly far reaching. https://www.courthousenews.com/court-says-dominos-pizza-website-must-be-accessible-to-the-blind/

2) The University of Michigan specifically, along with many other organizations (commercial and academic) are moving aggressively to make inclusive design a part of their tech RFPs.

Jeannette will help us understand accessibility, provide statistical influence, discuss the difference between accessibility apps and apps that possess accessible components, address legal ramifications and legal relevance to beloved brands and provide a running start for further research.

Join us! Bring your questions forJeannette. Get a couple of pieces of pizza, a drink, and take part in the discussion and learning on this important topic.

About the Speaker:

Jeannette Washington, M.Ed., worked as a Speech Pathologist for a number of years before attending a coding boot camp and transcending into teaching career changers and industry implants to code. Her passion for exceptional learners has helped her ignite conversations across multiple dimensions of diversity in the tech industry. Jeannette owns and runs Bearly Articulating, a concierge style, equity, diversity and inclusivity (D&I) think tank.


Arbormoon Software, 120 E. Huron, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104


6:30 – 7:00: Food and Networking
7:00 – 8:00: Introductions followed by Jeannette Washington’s talk with Q&A at the end.
8:00 – 8:30: Networking

Looking forward to seeing you.

120 East Huron Street
Ann Arbor