When developing websites or web applications, we often follow the principles of web standards, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and other accessibility guidelines. But is this enough? In this session, Ruth will look at how we can develop accessible web products by taking a holistic approach to web accessibility. She will look at different ways of incorporating accessibility into the design process to produce accessible and useful user experiences. This presentation will focus on the user experience design process by drawing on examples and learnings from Ruth’s work in Government.
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Mindful designs: Practical tips for designing for cognitive & learning difficulties « UX Australia 2012
Did you know that about 16% of Australians have dyslexia? That’s about 3.6 million people…and that’s just dyslexia!
As UX designers, do we really know our audiences, and do we fully appreciate how some might experience things differently to others? What are we doing to design for the broad range of experiences and abilities of our users?
Designing for people with cognitive and learning disabilities is one of the most overlooked areas within the design and accessibility fields. Part of the reason is that there is a huge range of abilities and conditions, and they are often difficult to understand.
While there is some information out there, the furiously changing pace of technology and our hectic schedules as UX designers often do not give us the time to delve into the research, or we may not be aware of how general inclusive design principles can be applied in this context.
This presentation will:
Bust some cognitive and learning difficulties myths Explore some of the user experience challenges with using the web that people with these difficulties may have Arm you with as many inclusive design principles and real life examples that we can fit into the 20 minute slot Many of the design principles will be well known and common sense, but reframing it in context of cognitive and learning disabilities will hopefully help you to realise that inclusive design is achievable, in many cases quite simple, and not too scary.
Presented by Ruth Ellison
Over 4 million people in Australia have a disability. As a result they may use the web in a different way to you: a keyboard instead of a mouse; a screen reader instead of a screen. Accessibility is the way that you can tap into this large and growing audience.
In this session, Damien will look at why accessibility matters - not just because it is the right thing to do, or a legal requirement. He will discuss how accessibility leads to more robust, maintainable, searchable and usable websites that meet everyone’s needs. Damien will also explore the opportunities accessibility offers for mobile web design, and provide some practical advice about how to include accessibility in your next project.