Accessibility and Design

Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design is an extremely useful book (with an online companion) aimed at helping designers improve products—websites, software, hardware, and consumer goods. With the goal to remove accessibility barriers and avoid adding new ones, the one guiding principle is: just ask people with disabilities.

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from: Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design

 

Accessibility basically means that people with disabilities can use a product. More specifically, accessibility is making user interfaces perceivable, operable, and understandable for people with a wide range of abilities. Accessibility also makes products more usable by people in a wide range of situations—circumstances, environments, and conditions.

Designing for accessibility doesn’t require a whole new design process; it generally involves only minor adjustments to your existing design process. For example, accessible design techniques fit well into User-Centered Design (UCD) processes. This book tells you how to integrate accessibility throughout design.

  • Part I: The Basics is for anyone wanting to include people with disabilities in their design process, even at an informal level.
  • Part II: Accessibility in the User-Centered Design Process focuses on helping usability professionals incorporate accessible design practices into a User-Centered Design process.