A (Rough) Manifesto for Accessible User Experience

When we examine accessibility through the lens of user experience, we see that accessibility is:

A core value, not an item on a checklist

A shared concern, not a delegated task

A creative challenge, not a challenge to creativity

An intrinsic quality, not a bolted-on fix

About people, not technology

Principles

We believe…

Digital resources can reduce social and economic exclusion; without deliberate attention, they will increase exclusion

Attention to accessibility can drive innovation; inattention fundamentally compromises quality and user experience

Therefore, we all reap benefits if we collectively commit to advancing accessibility

Truly advancing accessibility requires commitment and change, for people, processes, and technologies

We recognize…

Change can be complex and challenging

Therefore, universal accessibility must be a goal, not a target

We will…

Foster a shared responsibility for accessibility on our teams

Learn from people with disabilities about their needs and preferences

Continuously build and share our accessibility knowledge and skills

Origins and next steps

We recognize that the Manifesto must speak to us all to be effective. We will build on this “rough” version through your feedback and insights from applying its principles in UX strategy and design. Our aim is for the Manifesto to be a change agent that will inspire and support creation of accessible and pleasurable digital experiences.

Please share your thoughts here, or through Twitter (@sloandr and @gradualclearing) or email (dsloan@paciellogroup.com and shorton@paciellogroup.com).

Working to build an Accessible User Experience community of practice — join us! David Sloan (@sloandr) • Henny Swan (@iheni) • Sarah Horton (@gradualclearing)

Working to build an Accessible User Experience community of practice — join us! David Sloan (@sloandr) • Henny Swan (@iheni) • Sarah Horton (@gradualclearing)