Shifting from Fear to Motivation when Talking about Digital Accessibility Law – 24 Accessibility

Shifting from Fear to Motivation when Talking about Digital Accessibility Law

Posted on December 11, 2017 by Lainey Feingold

Digital accessibility is about people. Deaf students who need the content in an assigned video before the next exam. Blind banking customers who want to keep their online account information confidential. Seniors with failing vision and hearing whose online communications make their day. The retired veteran without arms who loves video games.

Without access, disabled people are excluded from the benefits of websites, mobile apps, or other technologies. They (we) can’t participate. Privacy and independence are compromised.

Remembering that accessibility is about people is the foundation to building (and maintaining) accessible technology. Scientist and inventor Josh Miele calls this “Accessibility from First Principles,” using a physics term stretching back to Aristotle. The ancient philosopher defined first principles as “the first basis from which a thing is known.” More recently engineer, investor, and Tesla developer Elon Musk brought first principles into the 21st century:

“First principles is kind of a physics way of looking at the world. You boil things down to the most fundamental truths and say, ‘What are we sure is true?’ … and then reason up from there.

Miele is right: we are sure that it is true [...]

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