What's new with WCAG 2.1?

Thursday, March 21, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Eastern Time Zone


WCAG 2.1 is the new recommendation for organizations looking to address web accessibility. It adds one new guideline and 17 new success criteria that focus primarily on touch inputs that did not exist when WCAG 2.0 was released in 2008. WCAG 2.1 builds on WCAG 2.0 to further consider people using mobile devices, people with low vision, people with cognitive disabilities, and people using speech recognition software. In this session, learn about WCAG 2.1, these new success criteria, and how they might affect your websites.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
Certificate of Attendance 1.5


Melissa Romanotto, Accessibility Team, MSF&W Consulting

Nathan Zak, Accessibility Team, MSF&W Consulting, Inc.

Questions for presenters:

1 It's hard to find clear-cut information about digital communication via emails. We have some content creators in our district sending mass emails by providing an attachment only, presumably to an "accessible" Google doc or PDF document. Is a mostly-empty email with an attachment for all the content considered accessible? What parts of WCAG pertain to email communications (versus web content) and are we held to those if we're a Section 508 organization?
2 What are the most significant changes in WCAG 2.1 that website managers should be made aware of? Has anything been made more difficult or complicated for website managers? Has anything been relaxed or made easier for website managers?

Session Questions

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