As of 2020, web accessibility and disabilities are topics that rarely make it to management meetings. However, inclusive design carries great value for companies too and the industry should take action.

Two girls using a laptop
Two girls using a laptop
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Have you ever thought about how your life would be without smartphones and the internet?

I’m not asking you to imagine a dystopian reality where those technologies never existed. Instead, think about your life today if you couldn’t use a smartphone and the internet, but everyone else could.

It’d be pretty limited, am I right?

Well, more people than you probably think are in that position today, in 2020.

Disabled users abandoning tech in droves

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Some time ago I’ve answered this question on Quora. Since it had got some attention, I thought to re-post this as blog post, with some improvements.

Enjoy the reading!

To answer this question is important to start thinking at where your media is going to be seen/used.

When designing products usability is a key feature. That’s why we aim to design usability systems that are as easy as possible to learn and to remember. I’ve also often read and heard that a good product should be so easy to use that your granny could use it.

But that seems to go in the opposite direction of what we usually say when we describe an easy task. Why in UX we use to say that it has to be easy for an old adult rather than say that it must be “child’s play”?

And what’s wrong with my…

Andrea Avesani

UX and web designer, I like to learn new things and always experiment. I love photography and web browsers.

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