The Manifesto for Accessible User Experience is presented as a community resource, with the aim of raising awareness and activity in creating the best possible user experiences for people with disabilities, and for everyone.
It’s a common articulation of:
- what we believe we can achieve through joining accessibility for people with disabilities and user experience efforts;
- the constraints we have to address in achieving this potential;
- and the actions we need to undertake in order to realise our ambitions.
We offer this first version of the manifesto to anyone who is involved in trying to improve the quality and accessibility of digital products and services for everyone. Our ambition for the manifesto is for its readers to use it as a tool to help integrate accessibility into UX research and design to the point that designing for diverse needs becomes accepted as a fundamental and essential part of good design, and not a distinct activity.
The idea of developing a “manifesto” as a rallying call and statement of intent was the theme of our UXPA 2014 workshop in London, UK. Following some intense and enthusiastic discussion amongst workshop attendees, we produced an early draft of the Manifesto for Accessible User Experience. We further refined the ideas following discussions at WebVisions Chicago and A11ycamp Toronto in September 2014, and more recently at UX Lausanne and UX Scotland in June 2015.
The input of participants at all of these events has been influential in shaping the manifesto as it currently stands, in particular the initial UXPA workshop attendees Chris Bailey, Graham Cook, Amber DeRosa, Dana Douglas, Yolanda González, Jack Holmes, Sarah Horton, Caroline Jarrett, David Sloan, Jennifer Sutton, Henny Swan and Léonie Watson. Thankyou all!
What happens next? The manifesto will remain published here as an open community resource for the foreseeable future. A revised draft may be produced in response to feedback on the current manifesto’s usefulness.
If you’d like to be involved in its further development, or if you have adopted or plan to adopt the manifesto, we’d love to hear from you. Whether it’s short feedback or a more detailed case studies, please share it with us, using the contact details below:
A note on language
We use accessibility to primarily mean designing digital resources and experiences that people with disabilities can successfully access and use, though we recognize and embrace the wider benefit that accessible UX can bring other people.
We appreciate the existence of global differences in language relating to disability, and we recognize that the manifesto uses terms relating to disability that may not be universally accepted by all readers.
However, we encourage readers to be, in the words of the manifesto:
…sensitive towards the use of appropriate language, but recognize that actions are ultimately louder than words.