The Principles of Universal Design

The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. There are 4 main accessibility principles: PERCEIVABLE Starting at the most basic level, users must be able to process information. Take alternate means of processing into account. For example: providing text … Continue reading The Principles of Universal Design

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Designing for All

Encouraging sites to design for the 15% of potential users is hard, but "Stop Designing For 85% of Users" provides excellent explanations and encouragement, though it tends focus on visual impairments. As designers, we like to think we are solution-based. But whereas we wouldn’t hesitate to call out a museum made inaccessible by a lack … Continue reading Designing for All

Why is Web accessibility important?

Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the Web. "More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web. It encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, and neurological … Continue reading Why is Web accessibility important?

What is Assistive Technology?

According to the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, assistive technology (also called adaptive technology or abbreviated as AT) refers to any "product, device, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." Examples can include: Wheelchairs Hearing aids Computer software and hardware, … Continue reading What is Assistive Technology?