Lisa McMichael

I'm a Senior Manager User Insights & Research out of the Atlanta office.

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POUR: Designing for Accessibility with Robustness in Mind

We’ve come to the final post in this series on the W3C’s Principles “POUR,” designing and coding for the “Robust” principle. In the context of technology, a solution is robust when it comes with a wide range of capabilities, or is able to deal with many different situations. Robust solutions should be navigable and usable […]

POUR: Designing for Accessibility With Understandable in Mind

The W3C organization developed four core principles to help designers and developers ensure websites, mobile apps, and all interactive media would be perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust (POUR) to as many digital users as possible. These four principles are as relevant today as they were when Tim Berners-Lee founded the W3C in 1994. In an […]

POUR: Designing for Accessibility With Operable in Mind

“POUR” has become mainstream lingo for the four main principles (Perceivable, Operable, Understand, and Robust) of web accessibility. These four essential guidelines created by the W3C organization are the “how-to” guide for digital teams of strategists, designers, developers, SEO, and content specialists to create accessible experiences. These guidelines were created so that digital consumers using […]

POUR: Designing for Accessibility With Perceivability in Mind

Designing for accessibility is both a mindset and a design practice. Together, they strive to make various forms of technology accessible to people as much as possible by minimizing or eliminating barriers to information through our senses (hearing, vision, and touch). The ability to access digital content every day should not be difficult for anyone […]

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3 Days, 300+ Sessions: What I Discovered at CSUN Conference 2019

In 2017 I wrote The Next Big Consumer Segment: People With Disabilities, predicting there would be a tremendous economic opportunity for those progressive, smart organizations serving digital accessibility. Now, two years later, it has arrived in a big way, and I heard a lot about it from our largest tech companies and their leaders at […]

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4 More Ways to Improve Digital Accessibility in Healthcare

Digital accessibility is a critical component of a healthcare and life sciences organization’s digital health strategy, meaningfully impacting the patient and member experiences and truly differentiating the organization’s digital footprint. In my previous post, I outlined four steps that will help your healthcare organization improve your digital accessibility. Picking up where I left off, here […]

4 Ways to Improve Digital Accessibility in Healthcare

Digital accessibility is a critical component of a healthcare and life sciences organization’s digital health strategy, meaningfully impacting the patient and member experiences and truly differentiating the organization’s digital footprint. But getting started with digital accessibility can be a challenge within complex healthcare environments. Here are four steps to help you get going: 1. Take […]

Is Your Healthcare Organization Digitally Accessible?

Disability affects many people at different times and in different ways. It’s a spectrum from permanent and temporary disability to situational impairment. For example, unfamiliar healthcare topics could throw off even a literate and educated site visitor. And when factoring in non-native English speakers – and there are many clinicians, providers, and patients in this […]

Digital Accessibility: A Must in Healthcare and Life Sciences

Healthcare and life sciences organizations intent on elevating the patient and member experience put a premium on accessibility when designing and developing digital content and functionality. Forward-thinking organizations ensure digital resources are accessible to people with disabilities, meeting the patient and member where they are. For today’s patients and members, “where they are” is increasingly […]

Does Website Accessibility Benefit SEO?

It’s becoming clear that major search engines, such as Google, are promoting the SEO benefits of web accessibility techniques. Look at what happened a few months ago, Google launched Lighthouse, an open-source, automated accessibility tool for web developers for improving the quality of web pages. This tool isn’t unique though, many are out there. However, […]

Designing for Inclusion is Good Design on Any Terms

Inclusive design and digital accessibility are grabbing the attention of design strategists and design makers. I see two significant and related changes happening now: 1. We’re more and more designing for context and situations. Things like voice-enabled experiences and augmented reality. 2. We’re designing more products and services to be available only online. Especially for […]

Start with Digital Accessibility, Benefit Everyone

Inclusive design is opening avenues of opportunity for design strategists and thinkers to imagine innovative solutions serving both mass market consumers and the market for people using assistive technologies (AT). Take for instance two prominent products with native assistive technology – iPhone’s VoiceOver and Android phones with Google’s TalkBack. Unlike most design solutions that start […]

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