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re: Things You Shouldn't Say to a Disabled Person About Why Your App Isn't Accessible VIEW POST


Accessibility is the default for me; when I can, I implement things in an accessible way. For analogy, if you're an electrician, the default should be to use the correct gauge wire to prevent fires, to install the right type of receptacle in a washroom, etc.

It's about making the web easier to use for everyone, not just certain people with certain disabilities. Some situations require much more attention, I understand that, but in general, I won't waste time discussing if feature X should be accessible or not. You wouldn't want your electrician asking you if you specifically want the correct gauge wire.

I have protanopia, red-green colour blindness, and always bring to attention any design that is difficult for me to use. But there are also a slew of tools to help with these kinds of things, and it's getting better. You no longer need to be an accessibility expert to make the right choices.

Not that I feel the need to explain myself

Not gonna lie, this sets a bit of a defensive tone to the whole article. I definitely appreciate the explanation though. It would be nice to get more context on the points / rants you made, like what accessibility feature you were discussing, and whether or not it was related to hearing ability.

Also, despite your hearing disability, do hearing aids allow you to use the web without issue?

Thanks for the article!


Accessibility should be the default. That’s awesome you have that mentality. ☺️

When I said, “Not that I feel the need to explain myself,” I was trying to come across as, “I don’t mind talking about my disability, this is me making a choice to.” However, this piece is about me defending myself and people like me. I think you’re reading the tone correctly. I’m not trying to be nice about it. 😉

So, the context here is a conversation about making an app more accessible. There was no specific feature, it was for all the features, in general.

As for whether or not my hearing aids help me use the web, it really depends on the quality of audio. Some people put out content that sounds like they’re talking in an empty silo. When I can, I try to use headphones so the sound is directly in my ears. I mostly avoid content without captions though. It’s just too much work when you have to listen to something two or three times or more.

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