Mobile accessibility presentation at CSUN 2012

Last week I presented at CSUN 12 on Mobile Accessibility and Does Accessibility have to be perfect. The wonderful Joe Dolson did an amazing job capturing the panel discussion from Does Accessibility Have to be perfect and below is my mobile presentation.


After presenting at the Accessibility Summit last year Doborah Edwards-Onorio posted a write up of integrating accessibility across devices which is pretty similar to this mobile talk.




9 thoughts on “Mobile accessibility presentation at CSUN 2012

  1. Awesome! Thanks for posting these, Henny.

    Henny Reply:

    I decided to go for it in the end, hopefully the slides make sense on their own!
    Lovely to finally meet you Joe 🙂

  2. Henny,
    One quick question – does the 21st century act applies to making mobile web and native apps accessible or does only apply for smart phones devices to have a an accessible web browser?


  3. Hi Pooja – my understanding is that it applies to the latter: smart phones and devices shipping with an accessible browser. I’d double check with a legal expert in the States however. Maybe your legal department can look into it for you?

  4. I too have the same understanding. My legal as of now is inaccessible – thus turned back to you 🙂


    Henny Reply:

    Pooja, I have further clarification for you on what the 21st Century Act or CVAA (Communications and Video Accessibility Act) covers in terms of mobile browsing by way of the wonderful Lainey Fairgold. Yes phones with browsers will have to ship with accessible browsers and the law does not require accessible mobile content. You can read the full law or the Federal Communications(FCC) summary.

    Relevant text is:


    “(a) Accessibility.–If a manufacturer of a telephone used with
    public mobile services (as such term is defined in section 710(b)(4)(B))
    includes an Internet browser in such telephone, or if a provider of
    mobile service arranges for the inclusion of a browser in telephones to
    sell to customers, the manufacturer or provider shall ensure that the
    functions of the included browser (including the ability to launch the
    browser) are accessible to and usable by individuals who are blind or
    have a visual impairment, unless doing so is not achievable, except that
    this subsection shall not impose any requirement on such manufacturer or
    “(1) to make accessible or usable any Internet browser
    other than a browser that such manufacturer or provider includes
    or arranges to include in the telephone; or
    “(2) to make Internet content, applications, or services
    accessible or usable (other than enabling individuals with
    disabilities to use an included browser to access such content,
    applications, or services).

    Lainey Feingold Reply:

    Hi Henny. True that the 21st century CVAA does not require phone *providers* or *manufacturers* to make apps or content accessible. But I think other U.S. (and other) laws *do* require accessible mobile content. In U.S. – the Americans with Disabilities Act covers all state and local governments and public accommodations (public and private schools / stores / hospitals / etc. etc. etc.). And other laws cover other entities. When covered entities offer services and benefits and provide information – they need to be accessible. Apps, mobile content and websites included! p.s. – official disclaimer: this is not legal advice – if you have a legal issue, please consult a lawyer. The professional disclaimer on my website applies to my posted comments on other sites –

    Henny Reply:

    Thank you Lainey – this is incredibly useful. Also positive to read that the ADA does cover mobile content.

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