Global Accessibility Awareness Day Aims to Influence UX Design Decisions

10 May 2013
Ben Logan

Author: Ben Logan

Passionate about improving services and experiences for the people that use them.

Following Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2013 yesterday, it’s worth pausing to reconsider the notion of accessibility and its application in the design interface arena.

The target audience for the event were those that “the design, development, usability and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology and its use”, so there was a great deal of discussion about user interfaces and accessibility.

Co-founder of GAAD, Jennison Mark Asuncion, advised: “When scoping out projects and talking to clients, don’t wait for your client to raise accessibility as a discussion point, because they likely won’t. Look at integrating accessibility as part of good design practice, period. This way, whether the client requests accessibility or not, it will automatically be part of what you deliver.”

‘Inclusive technologist’, Sandi Wassmer, agreed with this notion, adding that “Web designers and developers have a fantastic opportunity to be part of creating an inclusive digital world, and the skills they need to do so must form part of the core. With technology changing by the nanosecond, having accessibility in their arsenal will indeed include the access needs of many disabled people, but this is only part of the picture; it provides the basis for great UX and designing with purpose for folk in different locations and using different devices.”

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