Event Date and Location

The monthly accessibility meet-up for Accessibility DC at Blackboard here in Washington, DC, will be on November 16, 2016, from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Event registration will close at noon on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, so Blackboard has time to inform building security who is going to attend. You will not be let into the building if you are not on the list.

The Blackboard is located at:

1111 19th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Register to Attend

Please make sure to register to attend the Accessibility DC meet-up, so we have an idea how many people are attending.


The Blackboard office is equal distance from the following metro stops:

  • Farragut West (Blue/Orange/Silver Line)
  • Farragut North (Red Line)
  • Dupont Circle (Red Line)


Attendees MUST register for the event through EventBrite with their first and last name to be added to the attendee list. Present a valid, photo ID upon entry into the building. No exceptions will be made. This event is free and open to the public. Registration will close the day before.

About the Meetup

AccessibilityDC is a monthly meetup one Wednesday of every month and is a chance for people who are interested in Accessibility to get together and share information. Web Developers who are interested in Web Accessibility and Adaptive Technology Users who have a daily experience of accessibility issues are all welcome to attend.

Event Schedule

Below is a breakdown of the schedule and how the meeting will unfold. Would greatly appreciate it if you can make sure you are on time so we can get started promtly.

6:30 PM - 6:45 PM - Welcome everyone and introductions.

6:45 PM - 8:15 PM - This month's Accessibility DC meetup will be a talk led by JoAnna Hunt who is responsible for the accessibility of all of Blackboard's products and services at Blackboard. Her talk is titled "Top 10 Common 'Gotchas' in Accessible Web Development."


Accessibility is a critical component of any commercial tool, application, or website. This is especially true for educational technology. This session will provide an overview of the 10 most common mistakes, misconceptions, and misunderstandings made by developers who are getting started with accessible web development. You will learn how to think through these “gotchas” to ensure your applications, extensions, and tools meet the highest standards for accessibility and become the tools of choice for educators.


JoAnna Hunt is a design thinker, a storyteller, and an avid rock climber. She is a problem solver focused on creating and enabling truly inclusive experiences in both the physical and digital worlds. JoAnna has been working in the design, education, and accessibility fields for over 10 years and has created digital teaching and learning experiences, changed policies, implemented inclusive development practices, and influenced culture in large organizations. In her role as Accessibility Manager for Blackboard Inc. she is focused on setting and driving forward the company's vision around accessibility with the goal of providing tools and services that meet the needs of users with all abilities. She is responsible for the accessibility of all of Blackboard's products and services as well as for establishing global collaborative communities around the accessibility of educational software. Working with key stakeholders for both the business and the technology she helps to ensure universal access and the prioritization of features that directly benefit people with disabilities. She is a member of industry accessibility groups working together to share knowledge and best practices and further the mainstreaming of accessible development practices across many industries. Through her work in accessibility and education, and her background in interaction and information design JoAnna has become an influential change maker focused on delivering on the promise technology offers to those with a variety of physical and cognitive abilities.

Twitter - @johunt0311

8:30 PM - 8:00 PM - We will clean-up and get ready to head out for a bit to eat.

Talk Ideas

We are always looking for someone to lead a discussion or presentation about anything accessibility related for the group. Please contact info@accessibilitydc.org with any discussion ideas you would be willing to do.

In Search of Speakers and Talk Ideas

We are looking for speakers for the next few months for our events.

If you have a topic, you want to talk about, please contact us at info@accessibilitydc.org with any talk ideas.

You don't have to be local to the Washington, DC or Baltimore, MD area, since we can Skype you in or some other means of video.


John F Croston III - (jfc iii)

Twitter - @jfc3

Cell - 703-587-2458