Manifesto for Accessible User Experience

When we examine accessibility through the lens of user experience, we see that accessibility is:

  • A core value, not an item on a checklist
  • A shared concern, not a delegated task
  • A creative challenge, not a challenge to creativity
  • An intrinsic quality, not a bolted-on fix
  • About people, not technology


The Manifesto for Accessible User Experience is an articulation of beliefs, derived from our understanding of the benefits of integrating efforts towards better accessibility and user experience, constraints we face in achieving these benefits, and actions we must take to address the constraints. The following sections articulate foundational principles that support the manifesto.

We believe…

  • Access to digital resources is an individual and societal imperative and a fundamental human right
  • Digital resources can reduce social and economic exclusion; without deliberate attention, they will increase exclusion
  • Attention to accessibility can drive innovation; inattention fundamentally compromises quality and user experience
  • Therefore, we all reap benefits if we collectively commit to advancing accessibility
  • Truly advancing accessibility requires commitment and change, for people, processes, and technologies

We recognize…

  • People’s capabilities and preferences are unique and variable; environmental factors influence accessibility needs
  • Changing organisational processes can be complex and challenging
  • Therefore, universal accessibility must be a goal, not a target

We will…

  • Focus accessibility efforts on delivering quality user experiences
  • Foster a shared responsibility for accessibility on our teams
  • Learn from people with disabilities about their needs and preferences
  • Continuously build and share our accessibility knowledge and skills

5 thoughts on “Manifesto for Accessible User Experience”

  1. Hi Michael, thanks for your feedback!

    We (the people involved in setting this up) always had two aims with this blog. Firstly and most importantly we wanted to publish the manifesto as a definition of accessible UX—an articulation that people can support, subscribe to, and share with others.

    Secondly, with time and effort, we had (and still have) aspirations to use this site to collect and share examples of people implementing the Manifesto’s principles in real life. But finding time to co-ordinate and collect these examples has been very difficult. But if you’re game for helping out (or even to share your own experiences), that would be wonderful, thanks!



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