Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Accessibility in social media

Accessibility must be baked in...

"1) Accessibility needs to be ‘baked in,’ integrated into every department of a social media company (e.g., software engineering, product management, communication and marketing, usability, user experience, interaction design) rather than ‘layered on,’ added as an afterthought or in the middle of a product’s development;

2) Accessibility doesn’t end when a product or app is launched. Accessibility is from cradle-to-grave for any device, website, online service or app. Updates and user feedback is critical in maintaining and improving existing products as the environment constantly evolves (this case for example);

3) People with disabilities are innovative in finding workarounds and creative solutions on their own when using social media. Waiting for companies to improve their services and products may take a while and users with disabilities have a wealth of knowledge on how to improve accessibility for themselves and others; and

4) Accessibility is a civil and human right; the power and promise of social media is still out of reach for some people with disabilities who do not have the same ease-of-use and benefits as non-disabled users, shutting them out of opportunities and increasing inequality further."

Posted on modelviewculture

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Inspiring examples AAA WCAG level

AAA level websites

Monday, March 30, 2015

Diversity instead of disability

The more I read about inclusive design, universal design, accessibility etc, I realize that we focus too much on peoples cognitive or motoric functionality, rather than the overall situation, the surrounding culture, expectations that may cause diversity, affect cognition and motoric possibilities etc.

 Also, I don't understand the difference between funktionneds├Ąttning eller funktionshinder. To me they sound equally negative. I prefer funktionsvariation (functional variations), but that limits the understanding as belonging to the person instead of a situation.

I think it is the overall situations we need to address and understand, rather than people's cognitive and physical abilities.

For example, people need different solutions in order to feel compentent, be social, and enjoy a situation. Design can be more or less supportive in that. By focusing on understanding use and use situations, rather than people...

7 principles for universal design

Created by  Centre of excellence in Universal design, part of the National Disability authority in Ireland.

"Universal Design is the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of their age, size or disability. This includes public places in the built environment such as buildings, streets or spaces that the public have access to; products and services provided in those places; and systems that are available including information and communications technology (ICT).
(Disability Act, 2005)"