Toronto masters student Maayan Ziv wonders every day of her life whether she’ll be able to get where she needs to go that day. Just about everything is online, she explains in this video, but until now, accessibility was a roll of the dice. Getting ready to go out on a Friday night, the twenty-five year old says she could find out how much the beer was going to be that night, and the specials, the ratings and reviews, “but not whether a place is accessible.” Maayan uses a wheelchair due to muscular dystrophy. “I have to ask this every day. This is a problem in my life. There are millions of people who can benefit,” she says. “I have to do this.”
This first-person opinion piece in the Minden Times of Minden, Ontario, calls on communities and leaders to think beyond “basic accessibility.” Sue Tiffin is the mother of a four-year-old girl who uses a wheelchair. In an eloquently written argument for more accessible communities, Ms. Tiffin encourages politicians and leaders to think big.
Inclusive design, as defined by the Inclusive Design Group at the University of Cambridge in England, is the ‘design of mainstream products and/or services that are accessible to, and usable by, as many people as reasonably possible…without the need for special adaptation or (specialized) design.” The concept can also be linked to the web. What is the difference between Usability and Accessibility in relation to an app or website? Accessibility refers to making an app or website accessible for people with disabilities, whereas Usability is a measure of how easy it is to use the app or website.