801 Panel: Ask the Accessibility Experts

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Thursday, May 18

Accessibility is a concept that most in our field understand conceptually, but struggle to put into regular practice.

In this closing session of the Accessibility in eLearning Summit, our panel of experts will examine the challenges that exist in creating accessible content, and the emerging opportunities that enable us to better support all learners. In this interactive session, panelists will answer questions from both the moderator and the attendees as we explore how to make accessibility a regular part of our eLearning development workflows.

Diane Elkins


Artisan E-Learning and E-Learning Uncovered

Diane Elkins is a co-owner of E-Learning Uncovered and of Artisan E-Learning, a custom eLearning development company specializing in Articulate Studio, Storyline, Trivantis Lectora, and Adobe Captivate. Diane has built a reputation as a national eLearning expert by being a frequent speaker at major industry events, such as ATD ICE, ATD TechKnowledge, DevLearn, and Learning Solutions. She is also the co-author of the popular E-Learning Uncovered book series as well as E-Learning Fundamentals: A Practical Guide, from ATD Press. She is a past board member of the Northeast Florida and Metro DC chapters of ATD.

Brian Dusablon


Learning Ninjas

Brian Dusablon, the founder of Learning Ninjas, is an entrepreneur, coach, and generalist who has worked in the eLearning industry for over 20 years as a trainer, developer, instructional designer, LMS administrator, project manager, and consultant. At Learning Ninjas, Brian leads a collaborative consultancy focused on creating and teaching about accessible and effective learning solutions and technologies. Working with organizations and individuals, he applies existing and emerging technologies to simplify processes, improve performance, and measure outcomes. Brian frequently speaks on a range of topics, including accessibility, user experience, innovative technologies, and entrepreneurship.

David Kelly

Executive Vice President and Executive Director

The eLearning Guild

David Kelly is the executive vice president and executive director of The eLearning Guild. David has been a learning and performance consultant and training director for more than 15 years. He is a leading voice exploring how technology can be used to enhance training, education, learning, and organizational performance. David is an active member of the learning community and can frequently be found speaking at industry events. He has contributed to organizations including ATD, eLearn Magazine, LINGOs, and more. David is also known for his curation efforts, especially related to conferences and events for learning and performance professionals.

Robin Smail

User Experience Designer

Penn State University

Robin Smail, a user experience designer at Penn State University, focuses on the connections between design and accessible learning in higher education. Robin helps to imagine and build things that make the Penn State community more open and connected. Recent work includes Penn State's Digital Badging Platform, an open education resource bank that offers students resources based on individual learning preferences, and the administrative usability of an intelligent collaboration research application. Robin holds a BS in information sciences and technology from Penn State, and is an award-winning speaker and passionate user advocate.

Elle Waters

Director of Strategy

Simply Accessible

Elle Waters is the director of strategy at Simply Accessible. Elle evangelizes the growth of universal design as a best practice within large organizations and works on behalf of Simply Accessible with startups and enterprise-level clients to build the foundation needed to integrate accessibility into every facet of corporate culture. She’s worked first-hand with product, design, content, development, testing, and leadership teams to create scalable methods to ensure more inclusive user experiences and digital content. Elle has a passion for all things agile, a fascination with emerging technology, and lifelong excitement over learning.

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