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Hey there!

I'm Bogdan! I'm the accessibility consultant who helps product owners ship accessible websites without blocking ongoing work.

I have over ten years of experience working in the education and healthcare sectors, with expertise in inclusive design, technology and accessibility on the web.

Bogdan speaking at a workshop

How I started

I am not a permanently-disabled person, so, like many designers and developers, I started my career with a lack of understanding and an almost complete disregard for people that don't use the web like I do.

One day, I was running a user testing session on a website and the person happened to be blind, using a screen reader. It turned out they had difficulties finding their way around the website and couldn't even fill in a simple form.

Because of that, they felt frustrated and left out. They had to fight for every little thing that I was taking for granted.

Seeing how exhausted they were at the end of the test made me realise that the way I was designing and building things on the web was excluding a whole lot of people. And I found myself in more and more conversations where I had to advocate for accessibility and inclusive design amongst my teammates and clients.

I decided it was time to stop turning a blind eye to building websites that exclude so many people on purpose. My mission became to ensure user interfaces are accessible to people with disabilities.

How I work

I like approaching accessibility from how it impacts people. By working together, my aim is to help teams ship websites that are usable by otherwise excluded customers.

Unlike my competitors, I don't believe in a "once-and-done" approach to accessibility or a one-size-fits-all solution. My preferred arrangement is a monthly subscription that allows us to work together based on the level of support your team needs. I belive this is the most effective way to make progress quickly. By eliminating the friction of changing priorities, debating scope and exchanging proposals, contracts and statements of work, I can help you consistently ship an accessible product.

As part of your subscription, you will have unlimited access to my expertise and guidance at all times. I will be part of your team and have skin in the game. You're paying for an accessibility professional responsible for achieving a result, rather than performing a list of tasks.

There are no long-term contracts to sign and no penalty clauses for cancellation. You can easily pause or cancel your subscription any time. Learn more about how my subscription compares to more traditional engagements and how it can help you ship a more accessible website.

So whether you are tackling specific accessibility issues and need to establish a process or you already have documented processes and need help integrating them throughtout your software development lifecycle, I can help. My goal is to enable your team to become proactive rather than reactive and make sure they consistently integrate accessibility in every sprint.

Because I speak the same language as your technical team and business leads, I can frame problems and solutions in a way that everyone understands.


I can help you with the following 4 problems:

  • You've been the victim of a 100+ page audit report and you still don't know what the top priority accessibility issues are or how to fix them.
  • Your backlog is flooded with cryptic accessibility tickets you're likely never to get around to
  • Critical issues constantly make it to production and it slows down new development.
  • You're always finding issues in periodic production scanning and then fixing them, but you're fed up with the break/fix cycle and sick of this game of whack-a-mole.

Curious what it's like to work with me?

If I peaked your interest, check out what a typical engagement looks like. If you want to learn more about accessibility, I have a bunch of free resources and I also publish a daily email with advice that improves your understanding of accessibility to help you avoid costly mistakes down the line. You can also read more about what I believe and my guiding principles.


Certifications

Random facts about me

  • I have a BA from the American University in Bulgaria(Opens external link), with a double major in Political Science and Journalism, and a minor in History. I graduated Cum Laude.
  • I first started to code in Basic when I was around 10 years old, but I didn't stick with it. My greatest accomplishment was drawing Mickey Mouse on the screen.
  • I tested as a INFJ(Opens external link) on the Merys-Briggs test. So I'm highly introverted and my main daily driver is changing someone else's life for the better.
  • I can't swim.
  • I'm learning to play the guitar - so far I suck!
  • I first learned to drive a car at 35.
  • I have a dog and a cat. They are best friends.
  • I speak three languages and am learning a fourth.

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Physical location

I live in the Netherlands, in the city of Lelystad, which is about 50 minutes away from Amsterdam. If you ever want to see a replica of one of the Dutch East India Company's flagships, Batavia, or hunger for some tatsy cheeses or poffertjes, stop by and say hi! I'd love to meet you!

Maps screenshot of Lelystad, Netherlands
Getting in touch

The best way to get in touch with me is via email at bogdan@bogdanlazar.com. I normally reply within the same day during normal business hours. If your email is outside these hours, expect a reply from me within 24h.

My normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00PM, CET (Central European Time).