Accessible Design


Greater accessibility benefits everyone regardless of ability. Think of it simply as access.

Design with Access in Mind


It’s important to include accessibility in the design phase of your digital information and communication projects. When we design with accessibility in mind, we eliminate barriers for people with disabilities and provide better experiences for all types of users. We also save valuable time and resources by eliminating the need for accommodations and/or remediation.

Use the Access Guides.


Challenging Myths

Access is NOT…

Access is...

Just for people with disabilities.

For everyone.

A problem to deal with.

A civil right.

Working around barriers.

Eliminating barriers.

A checklist.

A mindset to adopt.

Either/or.

A spectrum.

A destination.

A journey.

Limited to a few experts.

Up to all of us.

Difficult.

Simple.


Universal Design


Inclusiveness, flexibility, and access for all are key concepts in Universal Design for Learning (UDL). When we provide digital information and communication in multiple formats, then we provide our audience with choices that facilitate greater access. One fun and practicable way to start improving digital access is with what Thomas Tobin calls Plus-One Thinking.
If your digital information and communication is only available in one format, then provide one more (i.e. “Plus-one”).

  • Have a text-heavy document?
    Plus-one by recording a video that demonstrates key concepts.

  • Have a data table?
    Plus-one by providing an infographic or a pie chart.

  • Have a multiple choice final exam?
    Plus-one by offering a paper or authentic project.

A curb cut.

Digital Curb Cuts


Curb cuts are one of the best examples of Universal Design. Just as curb cuts don’t only benefit people who use wheelchairs, digital accessibility doesn’t focus exclusively on individuals with disabilities. Learn the Basic WCAG Techniques to start creating content with digital curb cuts.