What is accessibility and how you can be truly accessible [talk notes]

If you are came to my talk on accessibility, thank you! Here are the sources I used in my talk, some further reading, and a collection of resources I hope you will find useful.


Dutch study on driving while tired that found 20% of accidents are caused by fatigue

American study on sleep deprivation that equates it to being drunk

Oregon State University and 3Play Media study on using subtitles (they call them “closed captions”) at universities

The effects of affective interventions in human–computer interaction

This computer responds to user frustration: Theory, design, and results

Sources of information and quotes

6 takeaways from #DiverseMinds (I quoted from some of the people in this article)

Meet the invisible minority: Why my autism and neurodiversity are gifts to the industry (by Wayne Deakin, whom I quoted)

Medium article on “cut curb effect”

UX and website design articles

These didn’t come up in my talk but I did use them in my research, and I think a lot of you will find them useful

You can do a quick check accessibility features using this tool

Accessibility cheatsheet – some of this is old but it’s a very useful reminder

How Bad UX Makes Users Blame Themselves

How to Write a Perfect Error Message

Error Messages: Common Mistakes, Best Practices, and Lots of Examples

Some lovely sites

https://usabilitygeek.com – Roxanne Abercrombie, who inspired some of the talk, writes for this site

https://accssible.com – Bradley Taught’s site

http://adickens.co.uk/ – Amy Dickens’ website


Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez – this is where I got the women’s toilet fact from. Get the book from your local independent bookshop!

Buy the “everything is fine” pad

Sparkle and Dot – where I got my anxiety reminder bracelet

With thanks to

Joe Coleman of getcoleman.com

Nikki Gannon, who will probably want me to add a link to Hearing Dogs for the Deaf

Sarah Longes of Mirador Design

Emily Curtis, training manager at The Dressing Room, a cafe that trains people with learning difficulties

Sophie Curtis

Jim Turner

Hayley Cox

Taylor Jacobson, Nausheen Eusuf, Robert Miles and my other partners at www.focusmate.com

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