Accessibility Ambassadors: Designing for Neurodiversity, and Avoiding the Neuromyths

In this talk, Will Soward will discuss designing learning interfaces (such as learning management systems) for users with learning differences and permanent, temporary, or situational disabilities, and explore the fundamental principles of designing for neurodiversity. He will challenge and reframe common accessibility design trends for buttons, animations, typography, and color to support the neurological conditions of users in combination with user experience laws and principles. The target audience is learning designers, instructional designers, and front-end website designers, but anyone interested is welcome.

A former commercial photographer and videographer, Will works creatively in a diverse field of digital media. Digital media lead the way into front-end website design and development and provide digital solutions to a worldwide client base. In 2008 Will transitioned into education as a creative digital technologies teacher for adults with learning disabilities, later working in higher secondary education as a lecturer in interactive design. He relocated to New Zealand in 2012 to tutor a Bachelor of Arts program, then in 2016  joined eCampus NZ as a core developer and learning media designer. Today Will is the lead learning experience designer for Tait Communications.

Designing for Neurodiversity, and Avoiding Neuromyths
Thursday, September 28, noon-1 p.m.

Registration for this session is required. Let us know if you are attending. By default, we enable auto-captioning in the webinar. Please let us know what additional accommodations we can provide. Two weeks notice (September 14) will help us to better fulfill requests. This session will be recorded, captioned, and shared with the Google Group.

About Accessibility Ambassadors

Accessibility Ambassadors is a group of University employees from across all campuses who are passionate about making U of M digital resources more accessible online. They bring different skills, strengths, and backgrounds, but all want to create an inclusive and accessible community at the U of M.

They host events to teach, advocate, and discuss digital accessibility topics and strive to be resources for the University community.

To learn about more accessibility-related events at the University of Minnesota, please visit Accessible U.

For more information about the Ambassadors, join the Google Group or send an email to: