Challenge: Notice Accessibility Successes in Your Community

One of the biggest challenges to creating more accessible communities is that the amount of change needed can feel daunting, but small steps can lead to a big difference as long as we keep moving forward.  At Accessible Community we focus on the positive – the successful steps forward.  I challenge you to pay attention as you go about your daily life.  Notice accessibility successes.  If you can, compliment the people responsible.  If you run an organization, volunteer, or create content for the web – think about what steps you can take to better support individuals with disabilities. 

Take a photo. Post it on social media #accessiblecommunity

What do you encounter?

Below is a list of successes I’ve noticed recently.

Beyond Standards: Taking a Holistic Approach to Accessibility Evaluation

I am presenting today at CSUN on a path to creating a more holistic approach to accessibility evaluation that: Covers all aspects of accessibility Is designed for novices Presents alternative solutions to accessibility issues based on lessons learned Slides are…

Discussing Disability: Justifying the Cost of Accessibility and Accommodation

Select definitions from Merriam-Webster

disability noun : a condition that damages or limits a person’s physical or mental abilities.

disable verb: to cause (something) to be unable to work in the normal way

enable verb : to make (someone or something) able to do or to be something
: to make (something) possible, practical, or easy

So you want your organization to be accessible. Maybe you are a small business owner who wants to expand your customer-base. Maybe you’ve decided to advocate for better accommodations and accessibility at work for yourself or someone you know. Maybe you are an executive at a large company motivated to create a better workplace for your employees. Regardless of the reason you’ve decided to improve accessibility, step one is articulating why accessibility is important to your organization. When you have to justify accessibility to others, you need information to backup your assertions. Below are links and resources to help.