Why is accessibility a separate discipline from user experience? Why are some people working hard to provide access to products and services for people with disabilities, while others are concerned with designing successful and enjoyable experiences for “normal” people? It’s time for the accessibility and user experience communities to take an inclusive approach to accessibility and adopt Accessible UX as a shared practice.
Accessibility is usually an afterthought, or a reactive effort based on a complaint. Here are a couple common scenarios:
In some cases accessibility is a deliberate part of product development, but occurs at the end of the development lifecycle, like this:
These scenarios likely sound familiar to anyone involved in product development. Each has its own flavor and nuance, but they all have the same outcome: a compromised experience for people with disabilities.
The only way to change this paradigm is to move accessibility from a compliance exercise to one that is integral to user experience best practices. But this means the user experience profession must change, and change can be difficult, particularly when the drivers and value proposition is not clear-cut.
During the first section of the presentation, we will introduce the discipline of Accessible UX and present examples of AUX in practice. Then we will share our vision for a Manifesto for Accessible UX and ask the community for input into its development.