On October 6, 2020, Accessibility New York City hosted a meetup entitled “5 Things I Learned from the Accessibility Community.” Presenter Marcy Sutton, freelance web developer, accessibility specialist and founding member of the Accessibility Seattle Foundation, offered her unique perspective and professional experience surrounding the realities of working in the field of inclusive design. She shared 5 key lessons learned over diverse career in accessibility and digital inclusion. Slides from this presentation can be found here.
Here are some of our highlights from the presentation:
- Disability and accessibility communities are not always the same
- Laws and guidelines
- Working in Accessibility or the Mainstream
- Testing often for user impact
- Accessible doesn’t mean boring
Accessibility or preempting and anticipating individual user operator needs can only ever be generic or minimal like the WCAG 2.1 website “Colour Contrast Validation” whereas personalising or customising “DSE Colour Contrast Calibration” as a “reasonable adjustment” for accessibility depended on the subjective selection up until the 2019 BSI ISO 30071.1 Standard recognised every user operators visual system was not the same and required an “objective” self-administered methodology for obtaining optimally responsive contrast values.
Rational for “Objective”: