In this article, the accessibility editor for Smashing Magazine discusses inclusive web design. Heydon Pickering calls himself a front-end developer, user experience designer and accessibility engineer. Although his article is complex, his message is simple. “Inclusive design means designing things for people who aren’t you.” Heydon Pickering’s Inclusive Design Tips:
Housing is an ongoing challenge for many people with disabilities, as the cost of housing keeps rising – exponentially in many communities. On her blog Free Wheelin, writer Karin Willison describes the “tiny house” on wheels as a solution that is affordable and can be easily worked into existing communities.
People with disabilities navigating the streets of Edmonton will soon have a new tool to try out. The “Click ’n’ Push” app will measure how much force a person in a wheelchair exerts while navigating the city, and then predict the degree of difficulty of a route, taking into account the user’s strength.
To design for accessibility means to be inclusive to the needs of your users. This includes your target users, users outside of your target demographic, users with disabilities, and even users from different cultures and countries. Understanding those needs is the key to crafting better and more accessible experiences for them.
A Rwandan-created Twitter campaign called the “Sign your Name Challenge” has taken off, with political figures, musicians and media personalities taking part, learning how to spell out their names in sign language. The campaign was initiated by Media for Deaf Rwanda. The founder of Media for the Deaf Rwanda explained that the #SignYourNameChallenge was started with the aim of enlightening Rwandan society about the existence of Rwandan sign language.
A Toronto builder has caught onto the idea of intentionally designing condos that are easily modified to accommodate people with disabilities. Most builders don't currently offer accessibility as a standard option, and adding such features or retrofitting an existing unit can run to thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.
A lengthy list of familiar names makes up Canada's Best Diversity Employers, published in the Globe and Mail in the spring of 2018. The employers were named for having inclusive and respectful work environments and successful diversity initiatives in areas including women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people and LGBTQ people.