Accessibility Matters

Blink and you may miss it. Did you notice our Accessibility Widget? We launched the LESOYA website two weeks ago. One of the features we are proud of is our Accessibility Widget (bottom left icon) via UserWay. We also intentionally added an Accessibility Statement to the site. You can find it under our Contact button in the menu navigation bar.

We believe that every person has the right to live with dignity, equality, comfort and independence. This also includes the right to access the internet and all it has to offer, especially for people with disabilities.

We understand the importance of Inclusive Design and strongly believe that “inclusive design is good business”(Thomas J. Watson Jr.). I intentionally want to create inclusive products, so in November 2018 I attended a General Assembly meetup to learn more about Accessible Design. I was already inspired to think differently, but I wanted to deepen my understanding of the accessibility space — this GA meetup DELIVERED and exceeded my expectations. Here’s a snippet of the event details:

“A deeper understanding of current issues in the accessibility space and how they are being solved. Case study presentations from panelists will range in topic from accessibility education, AI, VR and wearable tech. Opportunity to network with leaders in the space. Expand your knowledge about accessibility and inclusive design as it relates to WCAG 2.0 & 2.1 compliance.”

Accessibility is imperative. Inclusive design should not be an afterthought in your creative process. I left the event feeling inspired and prepared to build products that would accommodate people with motor, vision, or hearing problems. I’ve listed below several key takeaways from the event and Accessibility resources for your review:

  • Don’t use colors. Use patterns.
  • Add captions or descriptive text.
  • Add descriptions to images.
  • Be mindful of people that are photosensitive.
  • Consider basic accessibility principles for websites, mobile, and desktop.
  • Consider creating an Empathy Map: Think, See, Hear, Say.

Resources: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG); WebAim; NYC Digital Accessibility.

We encourage you to adopt #accessibility design principles and practices during your creative process and when creating digital content. Let us know how you plan to implement accessibility in your creative works.

|Latoya Leslie, Founder & CEO at LESOYA

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Latoya Leslie

Latoya Leslie

Social Entrepreneur|Tech Enthusiast|Visionary|Founder of the CandShout App. You can find her tweeting @lleslien www.latoyaleslie.com