Ever wanted to shape the future of accessibility in user experience design? Your wish may soon be granted.
Sarah Horton and David Sloan of The Paciello Group are coming to WebVisions Chicago and bringing with them a heapin’ helpin’ of knowledge about “Joining Accessibility and User Experience for Accessible UX.”
And while they’ll be doing a lot of talking on the subject, they’ll also be inviting the community into the process of developing a Manifesto for Accessible UX.
Too late, too bad
Accessibility as part of user experience design is something that usually comes up at the end of a product development cycle. By then, it’s sometimes too late and the end result is a broken if not non-existent experience for people with disabilities.
Take the following scenario: At the end of a project, just before launch, someone on the product team says, ‘What about accessibility?’ – which kicks off some last minute scrambling, where someone on the team downloads the JAWS demo and tabs through pages to make sure everything works.
It’s time for change
Sarah and David believe the only way to change this is to take accessibility more seriously: instead of considering it merely an exercise in compliance, it should be considered something integral to user experience best practices.
This means, they say, the UX profession needs changing, and that can be a difficult proposition considering the return on investment isn’t clear.
So if you want to have a voice in driving the discipline of Accessible UX, come to WebVisions and help Sarah and David write the manifesto for the future of accessibility.
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