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Foundations of UX: Accessibility
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Foundations of UX: Accessibility

with Derek Featherstone

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(Music playing.) Hi everyone, I'm Derek Featherstone, and welcome to Foundations of UX: Accessibility. In this course, we'll look at what accessibility is and how it impacts people with disabilities on the web. Then we'll take a look at several accessibility concepts and what they mean to you as a designer. You'll also see firsthand how different assistive technology works-- the tools that people with disabilities use to get around your site or application.

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Foundations of UX: Accessibility
1h 20m Beginner Aug 15, 2014

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The Internet has removed many obstacles to communication and interaction. However, when websites, technologies, or tools are poorly designed, they can create barriers that exclude people with disabilities from using the web. In this course, you'll learn how accessibility lowers the barrier to entry, by providing equal access and opportunity to people with a diverse range of hearing, movement, sight, and cognitive abilities. Derek Featherstone introduces the core concepts of accessibility as they apply to UX design, including an overview of the assistive technology visitors may use to access your projects. He includes practical examples, from re-creating visual interactions to writing great alternative text; introduces different personas and their unique challenges navigating the web; and shows how to make accessibility a regular part of your design workflow. Once you learn the foundations, you'll find that the benefits of accessibility--enhanced search, improved usability, and increased audience reach--aid your designs almost as much as they aid your users.

Topics include:
  • What is accessibility?
  • Managing flow
  • Ensuring proximity in your design
  • Understanding how screen readers and voice recognition programs work
  • Designing for hearing, vision, mobility, and cognitive issues
  • Considering accessibility in layout
  • Integrating accessibility into your content strategy
Subjects:
Web Interaction Design User Experience Accessibility Web Design
Author:
Derek Featherstone

Welcome

(Music playing.) Hi everyone, I'm Derek Featherstone, and welcome to Foundations of UX: Accessibility. In this course, we'll look at what accessibility is and how it impacts people with disabilities on the web. Then we'll take a look at several accessibility concepts and what they mean to you as a designer. You'll also see firsthand how different assistive technology works-- the tools that people with disabilities use to get around your site or application.

We'll cover all this and more, including a look at functional needs for working with personas and integrating accessibility into your work as a user experience professional. And remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg, but it is designed to help you chart a course forward to crafting accessible sites. Now, let's get started with Foundations of UX: Accessibility.

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