Accessible Voting by Design

Elections have always been fraught with challenges for disabled voters. (Seriously, what good is an audio voting machine if the staff doesn’t know how to turn it on?) With a pandemic radically changing how we approach voting, we must confront those challenges more than ever — and have an opportunity to make big changes for the better.

How does design play a role? How can we address those barriers between citizens and civic engagement? Is mail-in voting really enough? How can we advocate for and design better systems that make democracy work better?

Join us for a discussion with Michelle Bishop to examine the systems behind the challenges and the complicated tangle of equipment, public awareness, political will, and staff training required to keep fighting for access for all.

About DC Design Week

Built by 100% volunteer power, DC Design Week is an annual celebration of this community, hosted by AIGA DC. Ten percent of all revenue from DCDW events and all profit this year go toward the Design Continuum Fund (DCF) scholarship fund. We believe in fostering the next generation of designers through helping local design-minded and underrepresented students as they pursue their education. Interested in becoming a member? To gain early access to our most exclusive events and year-long discounts, sign up to become a member today!


All DCDW events will have real-time CART (live captioning) services. Learn more about our commitment to accessibility at


This event will be streamed via Zoom. In order to participate fully, attendees should plan to join on the Zoom app via their computer, tablet, or mobile device with enough bandwidth to support viewing video. In order to ensure only those who have registered for the event are able to attend — and to create space for intimate conversations — only those whose display name fully matches the name on our registration list will be admitted from the waiting room. You can find more about joining our virtual events, including how to connect, directions to troubleshoot, and information about our refund policy in our FAQ.

Code of Conduct

All AIGA DC events adhere to our Code of Conduct.

When & Where
Wed, Sep 23, 2020 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT