Welcome to AccessibleUX.org, a community of practice joining accessibility and user experience.
Why accessible UX?
Our focus is on people with disabilities and doing what we can to create successful digital experiences for as many people as possible regardless of disability.
The benefits of accessible UX design that prioritises the needs of people with disabilities are also felt more widely—people using mobile devices, people who experience situational impairments (for example due to a noisy environments or stress), people who have limited literacy in the language of the site or application, people using low-bandwidth connections.
A successful experience is ultimately what people with disabilities need and want, just like everyone else. Task completion, goal achievement—this goes beyond accessibility as an exercise in technical compliance (not that that isn’t a valuable goal to support accessible UX design).
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities reminds us that information and communication technology has enormous potential to reduce the social and economic exclusion experienced by people with disabilities around the world, and allow them to participate more fully in society. All of us who work with digital resources have an opportunity—and the capability—to improve inclusion. But we also have the opportunity to increase exclusion, if we’re not careful.
Why the need for a community of practice?
For a long time, there has been an advocacy movement of people who are passionate about improving digital accessibility for people with disabilities. Thanks to their efforts, there are many resources out there to help spread the word and support efforts: guidelines, standards, web resources, books, social networks, evaluation tools, code libraries; there are organisations providing dedicated advice and support in digital accessibility. Many organisations have made significant steps towards improving accessibility…yet progress towards removing barriers to better experiences for people with disabilities is still frustratingly slow.
We believe that one thing we can do to improve progress is to recognise the need to widen responsibility for accessibility, to make it a shared concern and sustainable effort across organisations who create, procure and provide digital experiences. This includes stakeholder groups such as executives, project and product managers, procurement teams, designers, developers, quality assurance testers, content managers…anyone who has responsibility for affecting the organisation’s digital environment.
Some of these stakeholder groups may be unaware, or unconvinced about their role in assuring accessible UX, or may have an incomplete understanding of what’s needed. So, this community of practice is intended to help accessible UX advocates spread the load by connecting them with others in a similar situation, and to help influence change in organisations they work for, or with.
What are the plans for the site?
Update May 21, 2020: This site is a community effort, and while it was set up by three colleagues—Sarah Horton, David Sloan and Henny Swan, it isn’t owned by any one person or group.
When we set it up in 2014, our plans were for this site to become a place to support people and organisations apply the principles expressed in the Manifesto for Accessible UX. We thought it could be a place to share resources, case studies, critiques…anything that can help support greater awareness and activity in accessible UX design.
Six years on, and although it’s clear the community aspect of the site has not yet evolved, technology and its importance to society definitely has. The principles of the Manifesto very much still apply, and we encourage you and your colleagues to adopt them in your work.
If you’d like to contribute to developing this site further, we’d love to hear from you. Add comments to content here, send your suggestions to email@example.com or connect on Twitter: @accessibleux .
Come and get involved!
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Hi and congratulations to Sarah, David, and my former colleague Henny!
If it is of any use, I have two web accessibility tutorials posted on the Github Wiki which may be of use to your site?
Using WAI ARIA Roles with JSON LD
Please let me know if suitable?
Looking forward to seeing more content on the site soon. All the best
Reblogged this on CCAC Blog and commented:
Happy to spread the words here – Captioning is a11y (access) and ux (usability) and as many of you know, CCAC aims to be supportive of access and inclusion for all (even with our focus and passion for the CCAC mission – inclusion of quality captioning universally). Best wishes to this new CoP (community of practice). Hey, some might call the CCAC a CoP also :-).
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Perhaps I am a bit off-topic, but since you advocate usability & accessibilty, I thought I might start here! I am an ALDA, Deaf Late in Life. I sign ASL only minimally, and get by with lip reading &…well, whatever works. Captioning – quality captioning is a huge passion of mine, yet I still try to learn ASL. A new trend in Medicine has occurred – at least in this area. Instead of live Interpreters, hospitals, doctor & dentist office are switching to tele-prompting. It they captioning the speech of a doctor, nurse, or Interpreter, it would be GREAT, but NO, they use on-line ASL interpreters to communicate with Deaf patients. I have never learned ASL well enough to be able to understand. At my age, I am lucky to be able to communicate in Sign, at all. I have explained this over & over, but am told: “Sorry this is what we use, if you do not like it, bring your own!” According to Interpreters I do know, they say it it not possible; they do not contract w/a client, rather the service a client is using. Has anyone encountered this problem? Any ideas on how to combat it? Could a captioned Screen be a possibility?? Thank you all for your time; Good luck AccessibleUX.org. -rahelink
Thank you all for your comments and encouragement!
We have a lot of planning to do, including working out the best way for people to recommend good resources that will support integrating accessibility into user experience design. For now, adding relevant links in comments seems like a good start.
Through this site we want people to share easy, achievable and effective ways to for people to integrate accessibility into all stages of the process of creating and providing digital services and experiences. But it seems like a very good idea to also look at activities that currently require more planning and effort (and possibly better tools than what we’ve got just now), in order to make it easier to provide important accessibility features liked captioned and signed content.
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