Accessibility refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. As a UX designer, considering accessibility is crucial to ensure that all users, regardless of ability, have equal access and the ability to use your designs. This includes accommodating different physical, sensory, and cognitive abilities and making sure that the designs are usable by everyone, including people with disabilities. Failure to consider accessibility can result in exclusion, frustration, and loss of potential customers for your business.
The steps for UX accessibility include:
- Understanding accessibility requirements and guidelines (e.g. WCAG, Section 508)
- Conducting accessibility assessments and audits
- Designing for accessibility (e.g. color contrast, keyboard navigation)
- Testing and validating the design with assistive technologies
- Incorporating feedback from users with disabilities
- Regularly reviewing and updating the design to ensure it remains accessible
- Collaborating with developers to ensure the implementation is accessible
- Keeping up to date with new accessibility standards and advancements.