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  1. 1. MS, my Mac and me…<br />a11yLDN – 21st September 2010<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  2. 2. Hello!<br />My name’s Denise…<br /><ul><li> Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosed in 2003
  3. 3. MS is a neurological condition that’sunpredictable, variable and different in each case
  4. 4. My main symptoms include…</li></ul>www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  5. 5. My main symptom is extreme fatigue…<br />Zzzzz<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  6. 6. Visual impair-ment<br />Sometimes my eyes go a bit funny…<br /><ul><li> Eyesight can vary throughoutthe day, </li></ul>as well as from day to day<br /><ul><li> Can be affected by fatigue, heat, </li></ul>quality of light, exercise and illness<br /><ul><li> Can include: visual disturbance, </li></ul>blurred vision, double vision, colour<br />distortion and poor peripheral vision <br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  7. 7. Visual disturbance…<br />Missing pieces<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  8. 8. Blurred vision…<br />Snellen chart<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  9. 9. Double vision…<br />Double Trouble<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  10. 10. Colour distortion…<br />Visible spectrum<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  11. 11. Poor peripheral vision…<br />Side vision<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  12. 12. Poor dexterity<br />Sometimes it <br />feels like I’m <br />wearing <br />Mickey Mouse gloves…<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  13. 13. Jelly Babies<br />And sometimes <br />I’m in a wibbly wobbly world <br />of my own…<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  14. 14. Poor hearing<br />Sometimes <br />my hearing <br />seems <br />muffled…<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  15. 15. Not <br />fear of <br />heights<br />And sometimes <br />I suffer from vertigo…<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  16. 16. Design for All (DfA)<br />Design for All (DfA) is a design philosophy targeting the use of products, services and systems by as many people as possible without the need for adaptation. Design for All is design for human diversity, social inclusion and equality.<br />Closely related to Inclusive Design and Universal Design<br />Result: <br />Products and services suitable for general public including older people and people with disabilities<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  17. 17. Accessibility for the Masses<br />By mainstreaming accessibility, this can help to remove any stigma attached to independent living products, while making people's lives that bit easier and in turn more manageable. For me, Design for All means accessibility for the masses.<br />Mainstreaming accessibility<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  18. 18. How OXO uses Design for All to make people’s lives easier…<br />OXO Good Grips Y-Peeler:<br /><ul><li> Ergonomic design
  19. 19. Pressure absorbing handle for comfort
  20. 20. Fatter handle for ease of grip
  21. 21. Non-slip rubber grip for added safety</li></ul>This sort of inclusive design means that<br />their products are accessible to a much <br />wider audience.<br />Y-Peeler<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  22. 22. Definition of Enabled by Design…<br />EbD<br />A community of people passionate about those well designed everyday products and services that help to make day-to-day tasks that little bit easier. By sharing their loves, hates and ideas, Enabled by Design-ers challenge the one-size-fits-all approach to assistive equipment and accessibility by embracing the concept of Design for All.<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  23. 23. “Usability rules the web”<br />– <br />Jakob Nielsen<br />(IT expert, writer and advisor on software and web design)<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  24. 24. Usability – The Golden Rules<br /><ul><li> Simply presented information
  25. 25. Content reduced to essentials
  26. 26. Manageable logical structure
  27. 27. Intuitive usability
  28. 28. Uniform appearance, consistently designed
  29. 29. Good design and appealing graphics
  30. 30. Quick delivery of information</li></ul>The Little Know-It-All<br />Taken from ‘The Little Know It All – Common sense for designers’ – <br />Die Gestalten Verlag ISBN: 978-3-89955-167-9 <br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  31. 31. Commun-ication<br />My Golden Rule - Communication<br /><ul><li>Talk to your audience – </li></ul>as wide a cross section as possible<br /><ul><li> Listen to them
  32. 32. Feedback is indispensible
  33. 33. Do this throughout the process from start to end
  34. 34. But don’t let that be the end, carry on communicating!
  35. 35. Accessibility standards and guidelines alone are not enough</li></ul>www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  36. 36. My Mac and me…<br />MacBook Air<br /><ul><li> Accessible websites essential
  37. 37. Hard/software and browsers </li></ul>can make a big difference to <br />accessibility too<br /><ul><li> Mac allows customisation of</li></ul>layout & settings according to <br />needs, keyboard shortcuts,<br />zoom in/out using trackpad, <br />text-to-speech, voice recognition…<br /><ul><li> But this is just the beginning…
  38. 38. AbilityNet’s My Computer My Way: http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/myway/
  39. 39. BBC’s My Web, My Way: http://www.bbc.co.uk/accessibility/
  40. 40. Apple: http://www.apple.com/accessibility/
  41. 41. Browser comparisons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_web_browsers</li></ul>www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  42. 42. Any questions?<br />Thank you for listening!<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  43. 43. You can contact me here:<br />denise@enabledbydesign.org<br />or<br />@enabledby<br />www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />
  44. 44. Image sources…<br /><ul><li>Zzzzz: http://heavenawaits.wordpress.com/spiritual-warfare-and-adrenal-fatigue/
  45. 45. Visual impairment: http://www.coolfuntoys.com/fun_masks.html
  46. 46. Missing pieces: http://www.room333.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=27:jigsaw-prayer-idea&catid=25:prayer-ideas&Itemid=39
  47. 47. Snellen chart: http://sanjivanieyehospital.com/service/catract
  48. 48. Double trouble: http://k43.pbase.com/o4/93/130493/1/55554445.DSC07648.jpg
  49. 49. Visible spectrum:http://blogs.cisco.com/gov/comments/spectrum_auctions_the_primer_on_roy_g_biv/
  50. 50. Side vision: http://americancombat.org/trainingvision.html
  51. 51. Poor dexterity: http://www.laughingplacestore.com/images/products/6369L.jpg
  52. 52. Jelly Babies: http://www.picknmixsweetshop.com/bassetts-jelly-babies---215g-bag-588-p.asp
  53. 53. Poor hearing: http://www.posters.ws/1016/humor/caution_excessive_sound_levels
  54. 54. Not fear of heights: http://posterwire.com/wp-content/images/vertigo.jpg
  55. 55. Mainstreaming accessibility: http://www.qedonline.co.uk/catalog/index.php
  56. 56. Y-peeler: http://giventodistractingothers.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-have-just-been-trying-out-new-y.html
  57. 57. EbD: http://www.writeonnewjersey.com/2009/08/only-the-english-could-have-invented-this-language/
  58. 58. The Little Know-It-All: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Know-all-Common-Designers/dp/3899551672
  59. 59. Communication: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent425/library/tutorials/behavior/communication.html
  60. 60. MacBookAir: http://themaclawyer.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2008/02/23/macbook_air_2.jpg
  61. 61. Any questions? http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2007/oct/02/iwasontourall</li></ul>www.enabledbydesign.org blog: http://enabledbydesign.org/blog twitter: http://twitter.com/enabledby<br />

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