Join Cory Lebson for an in-depth discussion in this video Accessibility, part of Planning a Career in User Experience.
- An accessibility specialist makes sure that anyone can use products even if these users have particular physical limitations such as vision, auditory, or motor impairments or certain kinds of cognitive impairments. While users can use accessibility features on their web or mobile devices or purchase software products that will help them interact with technology. Websites and mobile resources must be designed appropriately to be accessible and allow assistive technology and devices to work as intended. As an accessibility specialist you're often part instructor teaching the team how to create accessible products and part evaluator, assuring that they do, in fact, design appropriately.
You will likely have one primary set of guidelines to deal with known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines or WCAG, although, in the United States, Federal government sights adhere to a similar set of standards known as section 508. Like the usability specialist, you can do a Heuristic or expert accessibility review that confirms adherence to these guidelines. While you may do this review by an examination of the code, another method that is often used in tandem has you actually trying out the website or app with selective assisted technology to make sure that it works appropriately.
Sometimes you may have representative users who use a particular assistive technology try out the website or app in a usability testing environment to make sure there's nothing about real world usage that causes additional problems. If you're interested in learning more about accessibility check out the accessibility resource page on uxcareershandbook.com as well as the following courses.
In this course, UX expert Cory Lebson breaks down the sub-disciplines of user experience (the trifecta of design, research, and strategy), so you can learn about the different jobs that align with your strengths and passions. Cory helps you understand job responsibilities as well as the benefits of working full-time for a company vs. consulting or freelancing. With his guidance, you can create a more compelling resume and portfolio package and make sure that you properly brand yourself as a UX professional.
This course offers focused career advice for job seekers, tips for recruiters and employers who want to better understand UX, and a necessary framework for grad/undergrad students exploring the next step in their career. Along the way, Cory highlights training in the library to build specific UX skills.
- What is UX?
- Should you be a UX generalist or a specialist?
- Available UX career types: design, research, and strategy
- Working in-house, consulting, or freelancing
- Telling a story with a portfolio and resume
- Working with recruiters