Accessibility as a Design Tool

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My opening keynote from Accessibility Camp Boston 2012 - where I talked about Accessibility, Design, Innovation and using accessibility as a design tool to make designs better for everyone, whether they have a disability or not.

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Accessibility as a Design Tool

  1. 1. I think some of why people don’t do Webaccessibility is a lack of awareness, but a lotof it is because people think it’s too hard.What would help is if you can start teachingpeople HOW to integrate it into typicalworkflows for specific audiences—devs.project managers, Scrum Masters, designers
  2. 2. I think they just genuinely struggled tounderstand the benefits. Many fail to realizethat it’s not just about people who are blindor deaf—many people could benefit from amore accessible site.
  3. 3. Derek, all this stuff that you’ve taught us...yes, it makes this more accessible, but really,fundamentally, this is just a better design,period.
  4. 4. Accessibility as a Design Tool
  5. 5. Derek Featherstonefeather@simplyaccessible.com @feather
  6. 6. Accessibility is not binary, all-or-nothing, black andwhite. We have every shade of grey in between. Howyou view this point frames everything that you learnand do about accessibility.
  7. 7. extremes extremes
  8. 8. IDEO: The Deep Dive
  9. 9. ‘‘ By examining the extreme ends of a set of phenomena in depth, the entire universe ofrelationships can be illuminated since otherinstances will fall somewhere on the map of relations and links.
  10. 10. The tools a person usesprovide insight into need.
  11. 11. Tools to get the job done.
  12. 12. Tools to get the job done.
  13. 13. oneswitch.org.uk/4/DIY/switches-suckpuff.htm
  14. 14. oneswitch.org.uk/4/DIY/switches-suckpuff.htm
  15. 15. oneswitch.org.uk/4/DIY/switches-suckpuff.htm
  16. 16. oneswitch.org.uk/4/DIY/switches-suckpuff.htm
  17. 17. oneswitch.org.uk/4/DIY/switches-suckpuff.htm
  18. 18. Blossoming as a Childyoutube.com/watch?v=r0adFdlbYZE
  19. 19. So, how do we useAccessibility as a Design Tool?
  20. 20. Always start at the beginning of the design process
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  25. 25. Derek Featherstonefeather@simplyaccessible.com @feather

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