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Empathy Through Action

6 Ways to Quasi-Experience Disabilities at Work

So what does this mean for you?

Every application or website that you require people to use, or even suggest, should be universally accessible. If you’re a Product Manager or team lead about to suggest a mandatory website for your teammates or employees, use the checklist below to ensure you’re not setting up 1 in 5 people for failure.

Short checklist for websites and apps that are friendly to the visually impaired:
  • High color contrasts: Monochromatic (single-color) websites help everyone easily distinguish what are the most important parts of a site
  • Zooming works on both desktop and mobile.
  • Screen reader accessible
Shorter checklist for motor friendly websites and apps:
  • Throw your mouse away! Make sure you can navigate with your keyboard.
  • Doesn’t require the drag-and-drop function, which is difficult if you have a loss of visual acuity.
  • Avoid megamenus (expandable menus) and dropdowns that require precision.
Shorter checklist for sites and apps with low cognitive load:
  • Avoid elements with motion, like image carousels and animations.
  • Textual content accompanied by videos, diagrams, icons, infographics and illustrations that get the message across without letters.
Shortest checklist for building dyslexia friendly websites and apps:
  • Avoid ``walls of text``and use simple language with active verbs.

Now go on to the websites in the image above to vicariously experience disabilities in the workplace, and be empowered to make your job tools more accessible for all.

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