Design Before Code: Thinking About Accessibility from the Ground Up

Ladies That UX Detroit
Ladies That UX Detroit
Public group

GM Renaissance Center

200 Renaissance Drive · Detroit, MI

How to find us

Renaissance Center, Floor 2, Innovation Xchange (between Towers 200 and 300)

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GM Able, an employee resource group at GM, is holding their first accessibility awareness event. The event is October 2-3 (see below for all events). You are welcome to attend other events — the description posted here is the designer-focused one.


Accessibility isn't just a technical challenge. Starting with an accessible design saves time in development. This session will give practical tips to designers for designing accessibly, including users with disabilities in research and testing, and communicating accessibility features to developers.

Speaker Bio

Caitlin Geier is a user experience designer at Deque Systems, where she works on the product team in Ann Arbor, MI. She is particularly interested in inclusive design and accessibility. She is passionate about the people she is designing for and makes an effort to include users with disabilities in her work.

Full Schedule

Monday, October 2nd

10-11am Enabling the Future of Mobility - CANCELLED

11:15am-12pm Windmills Disability Awareness Workshop

MI Department of Health and Human Services

Lunch will be provided

1:15pm-2pm Mental Health Awareness

Dr. Carmen McIntyre

Previous Chief Medical Officer at Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

Tuesday, October 3rd

10am-11am Yoga, Mindfulness & Meditation in the Workplace and Beyond

Lynn Meadow

Founder, Yoga by Design Foundation

11:15am-12:15pm Understanding Technologies That Enable Access for All

Steve Sawczyn

Accessibility Consultant, Deque

12:30-1:30pm TED Talks on Disability

Discussion facilitated by Marinela Zgourov, GM

1:45-2:45pm Design Before Code: Thinking About Accessibility from the Ground Up

Caitlin Geier

Accessibility Consultant, Deque

3-4pm Accessibility Testing with aXe

Matt Isner

Accessibility Consultant, Deque

The Innovation Xchange doors will be open. You do not need to sign in at the desk.