Presented at the UX Australia 2012 conference in Brisbane, Australia.
Did you know that about 16% of Australians have dyslexia? That’s about 3.6 million people…and that’s just dyslexia!
As UX designers, do we really know our audiences, and do we fully appreciate how some might experience things differently to others? What are we doing to design for the broad range of experiences and abilities of our users?
Designing for people with cognitive and learning disabilities is one of the most overlooked areas within the design and accessibility fields. Part of the reason is that there is a huge range of abilities and conditions, and they are often difficult to understand.
While there is some information out there, the furiously changing pace of technology and our hectic schedules as UX designers often do not give us the time to delve into the research, or we may not be aware of how general inclusive design principles can be applied in this context.
Many of the design principles will be well known and common sense, but reframing it in context of cognitive and learning disabilities will hopefully help you to realise that inclusive design is achievable, in many cases quite simple, and not too scary.