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Let's Talk About: Making a Web for Everyone View this email in your browser http://vigetlabs.cmail20.com/t/r-e-ejydyg-jkgjhtttr-f/ March 16, 2016 Newsletter Let's Talk About: Making a Web for Everyone The pride that we take in crafting great web experiences doesn't extend only as far as our own monitors, or even to our circle of colleagues and friends. We consider a project well done when it works for everyone. Along with ubiquity, one of the great promises of the web is accessibility. For many of us, that means being able to get online almost anywhere and from a wide variety of devices. For others, it means being able to access the web despite barriers associated with physical or mental disabilities. With the dramatic rise in usage of mobile devices, we've found that these two perspectives on accessibility have a lot in common. Our desktop environments may be static and controlled, but our mobile devices are with us in a variety of environmental and social situations where our ability to use them may be limited, creating situational disability [https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/design/practice#toolkit]. Accessibility is thought to acknowledge a small and vulnerable population, but accessible web design benefits everyone. Building Know Lupus with React [https://www.viget.com/articles/know-lupus-with-react] Community Thoughts on Making a Web for Everyone... "Assistive technology" implies a separate species of tools designed exclusively for those people with a rather narrow set of diagnostic "impairments" — impairments, in other words, that have been culturally designated as needing special attention, as being particularly, grossly abnormal. But are you sure your phone isn't a crutch, as it were, for a whole lot of unexamined needs? — Sara Hendren ( Backchannel [https://backchannel.com/all-technology-is-assistive-ac9f7183c8cd#.br9me8z7s]) Designing for inclusivity not only opens up our products and experiences to more people with a wider range of abilities. It also reflects how people really are. All humans are growing, changing, and adapting to the world around them every day. We want our designs to reflect that diversity. — Microsoft Design Team ( Microsoft [https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/design/practice]) Let's say you'd like to build a phone that's easier to interact with while you're driving. You could just try to study people driving with their phones. Or you could actually study how the blind use their phones. How do they know when their phones are paired with another device? What aural feedback do apps need to provide, when opened? You could build those features into a phone, so that by serving someone disabled, you serve everyone else better. — Cliff Kuang ( Co.Design [http://www.fastcodesign.com/3054927/the-big-idea/microsofts-inspiring-bet-on-a-radical-new-type-of-design-thinking]) I think that companies and people that focus on making accessible experiences will be more successful in the market, not just in today's landscape, but in whatever landscape happens to come around the corner a year or two from now. — Brad Frost ( BradFrost.com [http://bradfrost.com/blog/post/why-i-care-about-accessibility/]) An accessibility program fueled by addressing a complaint can only be sustained a limited time before it runs out of steam. A mature program grounded on a commitment to ensure people with disabilities can participate helps embed accessibility as a core value and lasting concern. — Sarah Horton and David Sloan ( The Paciello Group [https://www.paciellogroup.com/blog/2016/01/accessibility-for-business-and-pleasure/]) Related Articles How to Implement Accessibility in Agency Projects: Part 1 [https://www.viget.com/articles/how-to-implement-accessibility-in-agency-projects-part-1] Jeremy Fields, Senior Front-End Developer Designing for Accessibility: 3 Things To Watch For [https://www.viget.com/articles/designing-for-accessibility-what-to-watch-for] Mindy Wagner, Art Director Unsubscribe http://vigetlabs.cmail20.com/t/r-u-ejydyg-jkgjhtttr-z/ Washington DC Metro 105 West Broad Street 4th Floor Falls Church, VA 22046 Durham, NC 202 Rigsbee Avenue 2nd Floor Durham, NC 27701 Boulder, CO 1915 Broadway Boulder, CO 80302
 
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