Accessibility Involves Everyone

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November 1, 2012 by derrickjcullen

Web Accessibility at its core reduces down to identifying any possible difficulties that could arise for an individual and then— finding their solutions. In this post, I’d like to focus on those two areas…

In order to help everyone realize the magnitude and gravity of the aforementioned issue, I have decided to provide a number of examples of both everyday difficulties and everyday solutions.

Examples of difficulties

  • using scissors if you are left-handed
  • writing transcripts of the Spanish Language channel with no prior knowledge of the Spanish language
  • moving your baby grand piano to the downstairs lounge by yourself
  • getting your child to not throw tantrums in the grocery store
  • pretending to not notice the person collecting donations in front of Walmart
  • letting the person driving the car in front of you know that they have just cut you off
  • preventing screaming fans from assaulting John, Paul, George, and RIngo
  • persuading your teacher that your canine, did in fact, eat your homework
  • having a YouTube video be just as funny to you as the person you’re currently showing it to
  • telling your younger sister to stop asking, “why?”
  • getting others to believe you when you say, “I meant to do that.”
  • convincing the opposite sex that you do not have cooties

getting students to respect you as a substitute teacher

Examples of solutions

  • sliced bread
  • the Ove Glove
  • parachutes
  • eating peas and mashed potatoes with the spork
  • Daylight Savings time
  • the wheel
  • your grandmother’s hearing aid
  • saying, “I know you are, but what am I?” when made fun of
  • Snuggies
  • the interrobang— !?
  • trying to get the telemarketer to buy your used pocket lint when they call you
  • passing off your new glasses as cool because they’re actually the x-ray vision kind
  • Instagram

This may come across as if I’m making light of a serious situation; that is not my intent. My hope is that by presenting relatable scenarios, accessibility can become an issue that matters to everyone.

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