Good UX Design is Accessible

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User experience designers have been blogging about web accessibility lately, and some great posts have come across our feed. We've rounded up some the best posts talking about how user-friendly designs can be created with all users in mind.

UX Bloggers make the case for web accessibility

In Accessibility in UX Design: Takes From the Field, Libby Heasman describes how she advocates for the user in her client projects by making sure web accessibility is considered. She has some great tips for UX designers in order to make sure accessibility is included in the design process. When developing user personas, consider adding a persona with a disability in order to make sure all your users are represented. During the user testing phase, consider recruiting a user with visual or other disabilities to get an inclusive view of how users interact with your site.

Designers might worry that focusing on accessibility might interfere with visual design. Simon Norris dispels these myths in Making websites accessible without sacrificing aesthetics. Accessible designs do not need to be ugly, text-only sites. Designers can use best practices to make rich, multi-media sites that are visually appealing and accessible to all.

Usability best practices often coincide with accessibility best practices, as noted in Accessibility is part of UX (it isn't a swear word). This blog by Nomensa has some great tips for UXers to incorporate accessibility right into the wireframe stage of website planning.

Have you read a great blog lately about accessible user experience? Let us know!

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For over fifteen years, Deque has been helping major corporations, government agencies, and other organizations ensure that their websites and mobile apps are accessible to everyone. We have more than fifteen years of history of serving the federal government, including undertaking the biggest accessibility program that's occurred in the United States government or anywhere. Deque also works with .edu's and mission-focused nonprofits to ensure that their materials and systems are usable and barrier free for users with disabilities. The company invented the first accessibility plug-in software, the first web-based testing platform, and the first server-based accessibility solution. All of these have been created in the service of helping our customers become accessible, advance the goals of their organization, and remove barriers for all users on the web.

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