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The Constantly Evolving Nature of Accessible Design
There’s more to inclusive design than you might think. Leaders at two Chicago-based companies embrace the continuous learning required as a welcome challenge, and identify common mistakes.

Written by Lucas Dean
October 31, 2022Updated: October 31, 2022

Over the course of only a few years, the Chicago Digital Accessibility and Inclusive Design Meetup has hosted dozens of events and grown to nearly 3,000 members comprised of engineers, developers and designers. 

The group’s continued growth and presence is emblematic of a simple yet often overlooked truth: in an industry defined by evolving technologies that demands continuous learning, accessibility must not be left on the backburner. 

Alissa Bankowski, product design lead at Evive, has over a decade of experience designing for mobile and web applications. Over the years, Bankowski says a big misstep she’s noticed is when designers and developers focus too much on just one aspect of accessibility or another.

“A common misconception about accessibility is that it mainly relates to colors, contrast and fonts. While those are a big piece of the puzzle, there’s so much more that goes into accessibility that isn’t as apparent,” Bankowski explained. 

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