Monday, July 26, 2010

What if you were blind?


Link to today's sites.

The best websites are those that can be accessed by everyone. I have an iPhone, and I hate trying to open a website only to get a little blue box and nothing else.


If visitors have trouble accessing your site, you're potentially losing customers or money.
It's not always our natural instinct to think about how our design decisions effect other people, but once we get into the habit of using universal design, it's really pretty easy to follow a few guidelines.

Today's question is multi-part: 1) Do you know anyone with a disability? How does that disability effect them in their daily lives? 2) Think of a specific disability that we didn't discuss. How many that effect someone's ability to access a web site or even a computer?

15 comments:

  1. 2) Think of a specific disability that we didn't discuss. How many that effect someone's ability to access a web site or even a computer?

    If you are paralized in your arms, you would have no way of typing or using a mouse.

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  2. IDK anyone with a disability...
    Being blind would make it hard to walk and do other things--- Joe C

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  3. no

    autism
    blind

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~braiden~~~~~~~~~~

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  4. 1) Do you know anyone with a disability? How does that disability effect them in their daily lives?

    My uncle is legally blind and works mostly on computers, where he nedds assistance by the browser itself to zomm in and enlarge the text.

    2) Think of a specific disability that we didn't discuss. How many that effect someone's ability to access a web site or even a computer?

    If someone is confined to a hospital room due to illness and is only able to access the internet by a certain devise and/or browser, they may not have the ability to gain access to incompatible sites.

    -Tori

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  5. Jason - I hadn't thought about that, but if you're using a screen reader, you could probably also use a mouse that moves when you move your head. A great thought!

    Nicole - that's a totally valid thought. This might be an especially important challenge to keep in mind when you're designing websites for educational purposes or younger children.

    Tori - wouldn't it be great if all hospitals had free wi-fi so patients and families could stay in touch with other important people -- or even find out more about their conditions and problems.

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  6. yes, it takes them longer to do things than some other people. it would make accessing links and sites alot harder.

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  7. Yes I know someone with downsindrom it effects there daily life because they learn slower then others I don't know any one with dissabilities that can't acess the computer very well

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  8. A kid named brandon davis has autism and prolly downs, and it affects him because he has no friends-Blindness affects people on a comp. because they cannot see the words!

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  9. Yes. My sister is autistic. It affects her because if she doesn't have routine in her daily life she freaks out. My sister loves to use the computer and if she had been parlyzed in her arms when she had a violent fit she wouldn't be able to use the computer without special assistance.

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  10. no. ADD is a type of disabilities that some people have . Its when you start one thing but you get distracted so you go straight to the next thing.

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  11. 1.) My next door neighbor has Fredricks Attacksia(sorry if i spelled it wrong). He has trouble walking and can't go upstairs and has trouble getting in cars and going places. It has really kept him as more of a recluse and will shorten his life.

    2.) My neighbor has trouble getting to the computer. I don't know if ity limits him on the computer but i know it affects his everyday life.

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  12. If I was blind... I wouldnt just sit around and act like I didnt have a life! I would get up, and make the best of it! No matter what is the matter with you, you should always enjoy every part of it, so when it comes time to die, you can know that you made the best it and know that you had good memories, and that you didnt waste what you will only have one of.

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  13. no. aad is when you skip stuff randomly i think

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  14. 1)my cousin is paralized in his legs and he has to use a wheel chair
    2)mental disorder,they may not now how to use the computer

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  15. IDK anyone.
    Blindness can be tough with computers. The braile on the f and j along with memorization of keys, it can be easier.

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