Great design includes accessibility. However, a delta can often form between the two, especially early on during the design process.

Without accessibility, you deny equal access to someone, so you can call it a moral imperative. In many countries, the law requires it so minus it, you break the law. If you don’t incorporate it into your processes, you’re uninformed. All true. That’s pressure. No one wants to feel morally corrupt, do something illegal or lack awareness. Yet, those reasons for making accessibility a priority surface often.

Be mindful, we’re all designers. Anyone who makes a decision that impacts how something gets created practices design. It doesn’t matter whether those decisions center on its overall experience, visuals or technical details. Without useful design, no one may use your website or app.

How do we foster better conversations around how design and accessibility intersect, especially in the early decision-making stages? We have to approach accessibility as less of a requirement and more as a constraint.

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