Accessibility isn’t just for people with disabilities, the same as subtitles aren’t just for deaf people. If an idea works it will be used by those that need it, regardless of ability. With this in mind Microsoft recently showed a program that can identify the people in a meeting, transcribe what they've said and even pick out potential tasks from the conversation. Although this is obviously helpful for someone unable to type or write it would also be valuable for someone unable to attend the meeting who needs to know what was said. From a UX perspective, web accessibility can benefit everybody. But how to implement it?
What is Web Accessibility?
To put it simply, web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the web. It ensures that your website or mobile app can be accessed by everyone, without excluding people with visual, motor, cognitive and hearing impairments, making it open to all.
As interactions with technology depends on what we can see and touch, hear and say, learn and remember; it is highly relevant that we take into consideration the over 10 million people with disabilities in Britain alone. We need to work towards breaking down social barriers of those with disabilities through meaningful digital experiences that can enable all the different capabilities that people have.
The case for Accessibility for Everyone
Creating an accessible digital experience isn’t just about people with disabilities but designing with them in mind can highly improve the usability of all users that have or will experience some form of disability, either permanently, temporary or situational.
To be accessible it’s not a case of one size fits all but rather, learning why that size doesn’t fit and providing a variety of different ones so people can choose accordingly and adapt for the present and for the future.