What is global accessibility? A quick recap
No two users are exactly alike. Physical and cognitive disabilities, as well as environmental factors, can inhibit people from fully engaging with technology: hardware, software, and beyond.
As UX researchers, we often find similar—sometimes even identical—issues that impact users’ ability to interact with their tech; and while the restrictions across users and use cases vary, the design implications are similar. For example, bright sunshine, low vision, or a cracked phone screen can all be factors that motivate the need for better contrast ratios.
An estimated 80% of people with disabilities live in emerging markets like South East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America. And many of them are new internet users. Living in an increasingly globalized world means that there’s an opportunity to proactively build ethical and meaningful products that are inclusive of societies and cultures worldwide. Let’s continue that journey by learning more about designing for global accessibility.