My Favorite Resources for Learning Inclusive Design and Accessible Design

Jessica Ivins
May 21, 2019 · 6 min read
Wall graffiti that says “For All.”
Wall graffiti that says “For All.”
Wall graffiti that says “For All.” Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash.

At Center Centre, the UX design school where I’m a faculty member, I get to review many resources on inclusivity and accessible design.

I collect the best resources I find and review them with my team. Then, the team and I apply what we learn from those resources to our curriculum. Over time, our curriculum grows stronger because it contains more competencies around inclusive design and accessibility.

Inclusive Design vs. Accessibility: What’s the Difference?

  • Inclusive Design is the principle of designing for people who have a diversity of needs, experiences, and backgrounds.
  • Accessibility is the measurable implementation of inclusive design.

You apply inclusive design during each stage of the design process. For example, while writing content for a project, you and your team will raise questions like, “Could someone with a cognitive impairment understand this content?”

You implement accessible content through the use of specific design techniques. For example, to make sure someone with a cognitive impairment can understand your content, you’ll write content using plain language. Then, you’ll conduct usability tests on that content with users who have cognitive limitations. If these users don’t understand the content, you’ll refine the content, then test it again.

My Favorite Resources

Books

“Accessibility for Everyone” by Laura Kalbag

”A Web for Everyone” by Sarah Horton and Whitney Quesenbery

“Design for Real Life” by Eric Meyer and Sara Wachter-Boettcher

“Just Ask: Integrating Accessibility Throughout Design” by Shawn Lawton Henry

Articles

Designing for Accessibility is Not That Hard

Designing for Accessibility And Inclusion

Usability Testing with People on the Autism Spectrum: What to Expect

The Audience You Didn’t Know You Had

Think Like an Accessible UX Researcher Part 3: Five Common Mistakes in Usability Testing and How to Avoid Them

Color Accessibility: Tools and Resources to Help You Design Inclusive Products

How To Advocate For Accessible And Inclusive Tech Events

Podcast

A11y Rules

Email List

A11y Weekly

Other Resources

Inclusive: A Microsoft Toolkit — Manual (PDF)

Inclusive: A Microsoft Toolkit — Activities (PDF)

You can find more resources from Microsoft on their inclusive design website.

Go Forth and Be Inclusive

Do you know of any additional resources that aren’t on this list? Please share them in the comments.

Thanks to Mikey Ilagan for his input on this article.

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Jessica Ivins

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UX designer, leader, and educator at CenterCentre – UIE. I love veggies, books, and Oxford commas. She/her.

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