Grass Roots Accessibility — How inclusive design is like starting a garden

Sep 27, 2021 · Portland, United States of America

How can employees at any level help companies embrace inclusive design? How can existing employees drive an organization towards more inclusive hiring?

At a young age, Janna realized that not everyone can access the world in the same way. Both through her own experience on and off crutches and her experience with a mixed hearing/deaf theater troupe, she gained a passion for making life accessible for all. This talk will focus on how to grow, and nurture, the practice of inclusion in your organization.

5:45–6:00pm Networking
6:00–6:15pm Introductions & announcements
6:15–7:00pm Presentation
7:00–7:30pm Q&A and discussion
7:30–7:45pm Wrap up

About the presenter:
Currently a Manager of User Experience Research at Hinge Health, Janna C. Kimel ( has practiced design research for over 15 years. Her current role ensures that the organization's experiences are seamless and help participants build healthy habits for a pain free life. In her past 2 roles, she has also led employee ERGs focused on accessibility. Janna has focused on health technology and wearables over the course of her career. She has run her own small consultancy and has worked at Intel, Microsoft to Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield and Dexcom.

She has published and presented on accessibility, behavior change, user research and wearable technology. She is a ramblin' wreck with a master's degree in industrial design from Georgia Tech.

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