Accessibility is crucial.

  My efforts to make this portfolio accessible:  

In summary, I am committed to ensuring digital accessibility for people with disabilities. I am continually improving the user experience for everyone and applying the relevant accessibility standards.

Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

 How I bring accessibility to my work 

  • I do my best to notify all my clients of my accessibility goals

  • I strive to implement all accessible design guidelines with every brand

  • If you're unsure if your own brand and UX/UI are accessible, I am happy to discuss, evaluate, and assist in furthering universal accessibility

  • I challenge the preconceived notion that
    accessibility = ugly/ afterthought When accessibility is a part of the design process, it not only becomes normalized but improves the end result of reaching all your consumers and users

 Conformance status 

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. It defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA (Level AAA being the most accessible).

 

My portfolio website, at minimum, is fully conformant with WCAG 2.1 level AA. (Fully conformant means that the content fully conforms to the accessibility standard without any exceptions.)

Notably, 95% of the time my work exceeds Level AAA success criteria

I am proud to challenge myself, and the world of design, to be universally accessible on all fronts. It is crucial to normalize accessible design.

Since this is a portfolio website, some content, such as images and example text, may not have full alt text to avoid repetition or redundancy. As always, notify me if you are unable to have an accessible and enjoyable experience.

This statement was updated as of 15 September 2020.

 Why accessibility really matters in design 

I use this metaphor regularly in order to emphasize the reality of accessible design.

Accessibility in UX/UI design is like building a house. You have the floorplan (wireframe). You have a construction team (employees/designers/devs/etc.) and get the materials to build the foundation and structure (UX & research). Now you have the walls and you paint them, decorate, furniture, etc (UI & visual/graphic design), and the house is done!

 

Whoops. You realize you never put electrical (accessibility design) in the walls of the house.

 

Now you have to completely strip the house apart, put the electrical in (color, blindness, tabs, screen readers, audio, navigation, hierarchy, etc), then rebuild all over again. The time of delivery triples due to forgetting electrical/accessible design and your costs skyrocket.

 

It's simple: you have to factor in electrical (accessibility) as a part of building your house (web/app/digital platform). Otherwise you have to re-do every element.

© 2020 Jacob C. deHahn 

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