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Alison Haynes

I reshape information for the benefit of real people: evaluate, sift, reorganize, and recreate content until it aligns, progresses, and informs cleanly. There is often a chasm between what we intend to present and how we present it- we have difficulty imagining experiences and knowledge bases other than our own. Who needs to know what you have to share and how they will best receive that information? I can work with you to clarify your focus and distill your messaging, then teach you to present that cleaner content in accessible ways.

Context is everything: I teach others to create an accessible experience for real users in their real environments. How, where and upon what device content will be absorbed should inform every moment of that content's creation. Instead of being overwhelmed by the elusiveness of 100% digital accessibility, I teach others to use data to triage accessibility issues and focus on fixes that will benefit the most people.

Mindset fuels motivation: When we fear the enormity of accessibility compliance and designing for all users, we develop habits of avoidance. When we choose to learn and perfect small habits that layer upon each other over time, each victory then fuels the next area of research and application. Thinking positively about changing digital experiences for the betterment of humanity has a wonderful effect upon our own motivation. We can do this!

Greyscale banner with the text "Accessibility is about Experience: Have you presented your content Cleanly and Clearly? Can Many Types of Users have a Good Experience? Can the user Operate and Understand your content easily and in the way they choose?
LIght blue banner with the text "Accessibility is about Context: where and how is the user interacting with your content? Will it adapt well on any device or assistive tech? Have you enabled all source accessibiltiy features before publishing?"

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

A few of my favorite things: clean, user-focused design; digital accessibility, lean and agile development, continuous improvement, design and delivery of specialized trainings, accessible print, web, and social media, user interviews and testing, empathy without enabling, legal compliance, clear & persuasive communication, interdepartmental teamwork, troubleshooting inaccessible code, content strategy