7 Accessibility: a brief summary
7.1 What have you learnt?
I must reiterate that in the sections above I have only scratched the surface of the issues involved in widening access to interactive products: indeed, given the wide variety of disabilities that people may have and the wide range of severity within each particular disability, it is difficult to see how I could have done otherwise. I hope that I have raised your awareness of the issues, given you some information as to current thinking on how the issues may be addressed (and there are pointers to further information on the course website), and, above all, convinced you of the importance of knowing about this facet of your users.
Having read this material, you should have some idea of:
- how belonging to one of the main disability groups (having visual, hearing, physical or cognitive impairments) might affect your use of interactive devices
- what sort of assistive devices are available to help disabled people use computers (and some other interactive devices)
- how interactive products might be constructed so as to improve accessibility (and how improving accessibility for disabled people will often improve the interactive product with respect to the whole population).