How to write helpful reviews for people with acces…

More than 65 million people worldwide need wheelchairs to get around. Yet, information about accessibility isn’t always easy to find. From sharing photos of wheelchair-friendly entrances to answering questions about accessibility, Local Guides like you can help make life easier for many people by adding this important info on Google Maps. This doesn’t just help peopleContinue reading “How to write helpful reviews for people with acces…”

My response to yet another survey – Is your train station accessible? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

So.. ABC are running a survey on accessible train stations. If you’re a wheelchair user or care for someone in one, maybe you’re a parent using a pram or you just have trouble with stairs, take our survey and tell us your experience using your local train network. Source: Is your train station accessible? WeContinue reading “My response to yet another survey – Is your train station accessible? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)”

Accessibility: Usability for all | Interaction Design Foundation

Let’s examine a topic we often take for granted to understand what it’s really about. Doing so, you’ll be able to proceed with a broader appreciation of how users engage your designs. … A design is only useful if it’s accessible to the user: any user, anywhere, anytime. We often mistake the concept of accessibility as involving people with disabilities. However, we’re all disabledContinue reading “Accessibility: Usability for all | Interaction Design Foundation”

Google disability support team

Google Accessibility (@googleaccess) 30/1/18, 8:33 am (1/2) We’re pleased to announce the launch of our first dedicated Google disability support team! Agents are available Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm PST through email and only in English language. Contact the team at disability-support-external@google.com. Curated by Lifekludger. Via Twitter

Accessible website design for users with disabilities lags far behind demand

“The internet is, in essence, broken,” said Todd Bankofier, the CEO of accessibility software company AudioEye. Last week the company announced a partnership with web design firm Dealer Inspire, which makes customer-facing sites for auto retailers, to implement AudioEye’s Ally Toolbar across their entire portfolio. The move “expands our reach immediately, making it much moreContinue reading “Accessible website design for users with disabilities lags far behind demand”

AccessibleTech – Section 508 Explained

I. Introduction The primary goal of Accessibility is to make certain that Information Systems can be used by people with disabilities.  A properly implemented system will provide access to information to people that use assistive technologies and it will increase usability for everybody. This is due to the fact that most accessible rules one wayContinue reading “AccessibleTech – Section 508 Explained”

Designing inclusively: Some examples

The video below has lots of examples of designing inclusively in the built environment. There are two key messages: get a diverse group of people together before you start designing, and think about all the extra people you can serve or sell to when you design with everyone in mind. While there are several videos around withContinue reading “Designing inclusively: Some examples”

Google Maps now lets users add wheelchair accessibility details for locations 

Back in December, Google finally added accessibility details to Maps. It was a long awaited addition, but an extremely welcome one for the more than three million people in the U.S. who require wheelchair accessibility. As we noted at the time, however, the available information still left a lot to be desired. Maps has currentlyContinue reading “Google Maps now lets users add wheelchair accessibility details for locations “

Designing for Accessibility: The Ultimate in UX

Designing for users with a broad range of abilities can bring challenges. But, before you start thinking “Great, more stuff to limit my rockstar designs” — recognize this: Smart designs aren’t created to impress your peers. Smart designs (and smart designers!) use design elements like color, placement, and interaction in very intentional ways to help site visitorsContinue reading “Designing for Accessibility: The Ultimate in UX”