Web design for the disadvantaged OR Universal Web Design

Simple, pro-active steps we can all take in order to make sure our content is accessible to all from the start.

Web design for the disadvantaged.
–for the disabled, poor, rural, elderly, and illiterate.

Precise figures are difficult to find and the ways they are measured vary, but in the United States about 10% are disabled in some way and something like 80% are either poor, rural, elderly or illiterate. How many fit in more than one of these groups is hard to tell, but somewhere between 35% and 75% of Americans qualify as disadvantaged. World wide it is much higher, as much as 90%.

1st Annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day on 9 May 2012

GAAD 2012

Mark May 9 on your calendar for the first Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

On May 9, we invite you to join us for the first Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day is to get people talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) accessibility and users with different disabilities, especially among the design, development, usability, and related communities who build, shape, fund and influence technology use and change.  While people may be interested in the topic, the reality is that they often do not know how or where to start. Awareness comes first.

On May 9 we encourage everyone to take part in activities to experience first-hand what it is like to need  accessibility features when using different technology. Ideas include: Unplugging the mouse for an hour and using the keyboard alone, or turning on mobile device’s accessibility features and surfing the web or using favorite mobile apps. Ideas and resources are on our website. After spending an hour exploring and experiencing, we invite people to reflect and share what happened using their blog, Twitter, or other social media. We will have blog space for those of you who do not have one. In addition, join us on May 9 for a public introductory talk on digital accessibility or a networking event planned in cities in Australia, Canada, India, The United Kingdom, and the United States.

Full details on our website (in English only this year) http://www.globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org. Show your support for the effort and stay up to date by Liking and sharing the event’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/globalaccessibilityawarenessday.

Follow @gbla11yday on Twitter and tweet using the #gaad hashtag. Our final request is that you share information about May 9 with your family, friends and colleagues.

You can reach us at globala11yawarenessday@gmail.com.

Thanks for your support.

Joe Devon and Jennison Asuncion, Co-Organizers, Global Accessibility Awareness Day http://www.globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org

a11y bugs project – grass roots web accessibility effort

This is a great project I came across in my quest for virtual accessibility standards information…

a11ybugs.org logo header with lady bug and text "The a11y bugs project" The a11y bugs project is a grass roots effort to identify and fix bugs that undermine accessibility on the web. This project was started with 3 bugs that undermine the use of alternate text – the most basic and widely recognized accessibility problem on the web. They are proposing that these 3 bugs should be fixed so that all browsers use/display alternate text in a consistent way, based on Firefox, which has the best implementation. Please sign the a11y bugs petition!