The power and promise of accessibility and inclusive design

Speaking of accessibility, here's a terrific talk by Robin Christopherson from Mobile Mobile Conf 2013.

Robin will take the stage to thoroughly and wonderfully blast away any preconceptions you may have about the potential of technology to create a truly inclusive future. Being blind himself he provides us with an excellent first-hand example of the choices we can provide for all our customers and users if we simply design with an eye for inclusion. Robin will be talking about (but more importantly demonstrating) the truly empowering nature of technology. From AI to robots, from apps to wearables he'll be showing how putting truly inclusive design at the heart of the customer experience has the power to change and even transform people's lives regardless of ability or environment. Will you be part of the Everybody Technology future?

Christopherson talks about why Apple's implementation of accessibility — including the new Maps app — makes it the only choice for him, and then proceeds to show how phenomenally well, as a blind person, he can use an iPhone. Both the implementation, and his usage, are beyond impressive.

Via: Natalia Berdys

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The power and promise of accessibility and inclusive design


In a world where accessibility is often considered only insofar as government regulations require it, Apple does not get enough credit for putting it as a front and center priority.

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As a poor-sighted person, I cannot use a Mac because it lacks the necessary accessibility support. I use a Linux desktop instead. I have also found iPhone accessibility lacking for me; luckily, an upcoming upgrade to a WP device will mend that.

Maybe Apple accessibility support is good, but I have not noticed. I struggle with my eye sight every day and on everything I do. Thank God for Linux, though; thank God for Microsoft, too.