The Intersection of Accessibility and Inclusive Design
Accessibility deals with designing products that allow those who otherwise could not use them to gain access to information and services through assistive technology. Inclusive Design seeks to do a similar thing, but instead of focusing on the outer reaches of disability and assistive technology, the goal is to design products that take into account the way that users interact with products and that disabilities exist on a continuum. By designing products that try to include as many people as possible, without requiring assistive devices, we make better overall products for a broader group of people. This tutorial will focus on both.
First, we will discuss the ways to develop and test sites for accessibility.
At the same time, we will discuss principles and design ideas that will help you make products that allow access to the broadest group of people possible, and plan to do so up front.
By focusing on inclusive design from the outset, making Accessible products need not be an afterthought or a painful rework, but a chance to make a product for as many people as possible the first time.