Global Accessibility Awareness Day: designing for all

Look around you.

Dear Friend,

I’m writing to you today in occasion of the tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities. And that’s what I’m doing. I hope the articles I’m sharing with you in this letter will help you think and talk about accessibility, not just once a year. But first, did you know what are the most common causes of accessibility failure of websites (home pages in this case)?

Most common accessility failure causes (% of Home Pages)
Most common accessility failure causes (% of Home Pages)

🔗 Visit the GAAD website to learn more

Notable articles

Unilever reveals “world’s first adaptive deodorant” for people with disabilities

Degree has unveiled the “world’s first adaptive deodorant”, which has been designed for people with visual impairment and upper limb motor disabilities.

🔗 Read the article (on Design Week)

Why inclusive design is more than just a box-ticking exercise

Is the built environment industry really putting people at the centre of the design process, or is it just paying lip service to the idea in order to tick a box? The O2 Arena is a good example of inclusive design.

🔗 Read the article (on Design Council)

Why are our cities built for 6ft-tall men? The female architects who fought back

Fed up living in a world designed by and for men, 80s design activists Matrix declared war on every urban obstacle in their way. And their impact is still being felt today.

🔗 Read the article (on The Guardian)

Look around you: how many places, activities, web sites are not accessible? I don’t have a number in mind, but my guess is a lot. Think about it, talk about it and, if you can, do something.

See you soon,
Silvia

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