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Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2020: Top 5 Roundup

Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, an annual day focused on digital access and inclusion for the more than one billion people across the world who experience disabilities and impairments. Guided by two of our core values of craft and inclusion, WillowTree recognizes the importance of making accessible product design and development a priority, not an afterthought, in all of the work that we do.

In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we’ve highlighted our top 5 blog articles on the topic of accessibility — from guidance on when to rebuild and when to remediate, to an example of a WCAG 2.0 compliant digital product that our internal innovation team built to help individuals who experience speech impairments communicate.

1. Make Accessible and Inclusive Design a Priority, Not an Afterthought

By Jesse Prehodick, Senior Product Designer

  • Key takeaways on inclusive and accessible design from SXSW 2019
  • How recognizing “You are not your target audience.” helps WillowTree team members design with the end user in mind
  • Legal ramifications of neglecting to follow accessible design guidelines

2. WillowTree releases Vocable, a free head tracking app to help speech-impaired individuals communicate with caregivers & loved ones

By WillowTree Staff

  • The story of how Vocable, a Level AAA WCAG 2.0 compliant head tracking app came to be, based on one of our team member’s personal experience
  • How individuals who have experienced stroke, MS, ALS, spinal cord injuries, and/or COVID-19 can use the app to communicate with medical professionals and loved ones
  • Why we’ve made the app available for free and as open source code

3. The Four Principles of Accessibility

By WillowTree Staff

  • A guide to the industry standards of accessible digital experiences: Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust (or POUR)
  • A breakdown of each of the four principles
  • Questions to ask yourself to ensure that you are following the four principles

4. Becoming Accessible: When to Remediate and When to Rebuild

By WillowTree Staff

  • A cost-benefit analysis of remediation vs. rebuilding when it comes to accessibility
  • The benefits of beginning your accessibility journey with an audit
  • Real-world examples of the consequences of failing to remain compliant with WCAG

5. How to Design Accessible Mobile Experiences for the Blind

By Ayesha Zafar, Senior Product Researcher

  • Specific design and technology considerations to ensure accessibility for the blind using your app or website
  • Steps to take to include labels, alt-text, descriptive language, and deliberate hierarchy for the application experience
  • The importance of empathy for all users across the product lifecycle

It is imperative to create digital products that everyone can use. To learn more about our accessibility practices, visit our services page.

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