Accessibility Book Club

2024 Book List

For learners committed to Accessibility, Inclusivity and Professional Development.

Welcome LinkedIn Accessibility Book Club

Greetings, fellow book lovers and accessibility enthusiasts! I'm Crystal Scott, a dedicated Web Accessibility Engineer and a fervent advocate for inclusive digital spaces. The idea for this book club sprouted from my personal mission to intertwine my love for reading with my professional pursuit of promoting accessibility and inclusivity. As I embarked on setting my 2024 goals, the desire to 'read more in 2024' stood prominently at the forefront. This led to the creation of a unique platform – a book club where professionals, learners, and advocates in the field of accessibility could come together, share insights, and grow collectively. I am thrilled to have Zenyth's support in this endeavor, providing us with a space to host our book list.

The year 2024 is not just about reading more; it's about deepening our understanding and expanding our perspectives in the realm of accessibility. With this in mind, I have meticulously selected a diverse range of books for each month of the year. The selection encompasses various topics, including inclusive design, accessible development, practical handbooks, an inspiring memoir and the intriguing applications of artificial intelligence in our field. Each book is chosen for its potential to enlighten, challenge, and inspire us. I warmly invite you to explore the full book list, thoughtfully arranged in chronological order. Engage with us in this intellectual journey, participate in the lively LinkedIn discussions, and let's collectively commit to a year of profound learning and professional growth.

Together, let's turn the pages of these insightful books and write a new chapter in our journey towards a more accessible and inclusive world.

  • Dylan Barrell

    Chief Technology Officer


    Agile Accessibility Handbook
    A Practical Guide to Accessible Software Development at Scale

    The Agile Accessibility Handbook offers a practical roadmap for accessible software development on a large scale. In a world where one in five individuals has a disability, tapping into this sizable and often overlooked market is not just a moral imperative but a smart business move. This handbook provides a comprehensive guide for organizations seeking to make digital documents, websites, and mobile apps inclusive for everyone, including those with disabilities. It outlines steps to capture this market, mitigate risks, maintain agility, and bridge the accessibility gap. Whether you're an accessibility expert, a development team member, or an executive responsible for setting priorities, this resource equips you with the knowledge and strategies to create successful accessibility experiences for all users.

  • Dimitris Georgakas

    Senior Designer


    A11Y Unraveled
    Become a Web Accessibility Ninja

    The A11Y Unraveled book is a valuable resource for digital and web professionals, particularly designers but also beneficial for developers. It offers a clear and concise guide to making websites accessible by decoding complex information related to web accessibility and WCAG 2.1 and 2.2 guidelines. The book explores how to design web content with a focus on improving the user experience for individuals with disabilities, covering aspects like color contrast, typography, and designing specific components like carousels and forms. It also delves into the legal aspects of web accessibility worldwide. Readers will gain insights into understanding user perceptions, addressing various disabilities, and ensuring their websites adhere to accessibility standards.

  • Michael Bungay Stanier

    Best Selling Author


    The Coaching Habit
    Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever

    The Coaching Habit provides readers with seven essential questions and the skills to incorporate them into their daily routine. By mastering these questions, individuals can achieve greater impact while exerting less effort. This book teaches you how to transition from casual conversations to meaningful dialogues, reveals the most challenging question for ambitious leaders, explores why problem-solving often focuses on the wrong issues, introduces the most potent coaching question, and delves into the neuroscience of engagement. Ultimately, it encourages readers to cultivate curiosity, normalize coaching, and make these seven questions a part of their regular practice for more effective interactions.

  • Judy Heumann

    Disability Rights Activist


    Being Heumann
    An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

    Being Heumann is an inspiring memoir by Judy Heumann, a prominent disability rights activist, offering a compelling account of her lifelong struggle for equality and inclusion. From her early battles to attend school and obtain a teaching license despite her paralysis, to her pivotal role in the Section 504 Sit-In, the longest takeover of a government building in U.S. history, Heumann's story is one of resilience and activism. Her actions set precedents that significantly advanced the rights of disabled individuals, culminating in the creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This candid and intimate narrative invites readers to envision and work towards a world where everyone belongs.

  • Nathan Crocker

    Chief Design Officer


    AI-Powered Developer:
    Build great software with ChatGPT and Copilot

    In 'AI-Powered Developer,' discover how groundbreaking generative AI tools like GitHub Copilot, ChatGPT, and Amazon CodeWhisperer can revolutionize your coding journey. With these AI coding assistants, you'll increase productivity and efficiency while elevating code quality. This book guides you on using AI for software design, code generation, debugging, and documentation, making complex problem-solving more accessible. It emphasizes cultivating a continuous learning mindset and adapting your development skills to various languages. Through practical examples and hands-on experiences, you'll see how these AI tools seamlessly integrate into your workflow, enabling you to tackle everyday coding tasks and enhance your software development capabilities. Get ready to leverage AI to its fullest potential, from automating boilerplate code to assisting in software design.

  • Ashley Shew

    Associate Professor


    Against Technoableism
    Rethinking Who Needs Improvement

    In Against Technoableism, bioethicist Ashley Shew challenges misconceptions about disability and technology, asserting that disabled individuals are the true experts in this realm. She emphasizes the need to eliminate 'technoableism,' the belief that technology can 'fix' disability, and highlights the importance of prioritizing accessibility and inclusivity in society. Shew discusses various aspects of disability, including mobility devices, medical infrastructure, neurodiversity, and the intersection of disability and race. She encourages readers to view disability as a valuable skill set that can empower everyone to navigate an increasingly challenging world.

  • Sukriti Chadha

    Product Manager


    Beyond Accessibility Compliance
    Building the Next Generation of Inclusive Products

    Beyond Accessibility Compliance provides an in-depth exploration of accessibility in the context of mobile and wearables, addressing a critical aspect of design often overlooked, despite the prevalence of smartphones and the growing use of the internet via mobile devices. The book emphasizes the need to make accessibility a core principle in product development, starting with an examination of current landscape and policy frameworks. It guides readers through embedding inclusion from the beginning of the software product lifecycle, delves into mobile accessibility nuances for devices, wearables, and IoT, covers automated testing, and explores emerging technologies like AR and VR. With over a billion people worldwide living with disabilities, this book offers a comprehensive plan to ensure digital products are accessible to all, making it a valuable resource for developers, designers, and students in technology-related fields.

  • Sheri Byrne-Haber

    Audit Subcommittee Member


    Giving a damn about accessibility
    A candid and practical handbook for designers.

    Giving a Damn About Accessibility: A Candid and Practical Handbook for Designers is a refreshing take on the critical topic of digital accessibility. Unlike many guides that can be overly prescriptive, overly idealistic, or focused solely on charity, this handbook offers a candid and actionable perspective. Developed in partnership with Sheri Byrne-Haber, CPACC, one of the most prolific voices in accessibility, this resource drives home a straightforward message: Inaccessible products are simply broken. The first and most essential step to fixing them is caring deeply about accessibility. This handbook provides designers with a down-to-earth guide to creating digital experiences that ensure equal access for everyone. For more detailed accessibility guidance, refer to the WCAG 2.1 and 2.2 standards, along with ARIA specifications.

  • Manuel Matuzovic

    Frontend Development and Accessibility


    Web Accessibility Cookbook
    Creating Inclusive Experiences

    The Web Accessibility Cookbook is an indispensable guide for frontend developers, emphasizing the often-overlooked yet fundamental aspect of website creation: accessibility. Author Manuel Matuzovic offers a collection of recipes that not only teach you how to build common frontend components like navigation and dialogs accessibly but also provide insights into the "why" behind accessibility. By following these step-by-step instructions and best practices, you'll learn to create inclusive websites that consider users' varying needs and abilities. This practical guide ensures that your frontend development aligns with accessibility standards, making your sites user-friendly for all. To delve deeper into accessibility, consult WCAG 2.1 and 2.2 standards and ARIA specifications.

    Will be officially released and available for purchase in September 2024.

  • Lex Gillette

    Athlete, Speaker, Author


    No Need for Sight When You Have a Vision
    What Blindness Can Teach Us about Risk and Leadership

    In No Need for Sight When You Have a Vision, Lex Gillette shares his remarkable journey from losing his eyesight at a young age to becoming a world record-holder in long jump and a five-time Paralympic Games silver medalist. His story illustrates that true vision, the kind that transcends physical limitations, can unlock extraordinary achievements. Lex offers valuable insights on overcoming challenges, embracing one's unique path, eliminating negative thinking, and setting ambitious goals. Whether in the corporate world or the classroom, readers will discover how to cultivate a new perspective, harness their potential, and transform seemingly insurmountable obstacles into stepping stones toward success.

  • Kat Holmes

    Chief Design Officer


    How Inclusion Shapes Design

    In Mismatch, Kat Holmes explores how design can both perpetuate and rectify exclusion, emphasizing the power of inclusive design methods. Design choices, even seemingly minor ones like color, can create barriers for millions of users. Holmes shares stories of pioneers in inclusive design, driven by personal experiences of exclusion, such as a gamer with voice recognition dependence and an architect from Detroit's housing projects. She illustrates that designing for inclusion is not just a moral imperative but also a source of innovation and growth, particularly in digital technologies. Inclusive design fosters creativity, expands customer bases, and unlocks opportunities for more people to contribute meaningfully to society.

  • Heydon Pickering

    Frontend Engineer


    Inclusive Components

    Inclusive Components is a comprehensive and practical handbook that delves deep into the art of creating fully accessible interfaces. This book takes a meticulous approach to examining common interface patterns like accordions, tables, tabs, and toggles, all through the lens of inclusivity. The result is a collection of 12 thoroughly accessible and robust UI patterns, complete with detailed breakdowns, clear illustrations, and code examples that are ready to be integrated into your projects. Additionally, the book provides a strategy for crafting accessible interfaces for your custom components. From accessible buttons and menus to semantic data tables and modals, this resource equips you with the knowledge and tools to build interfaces that prioritize inclusivity and accessibility.