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Discussion on: Comebacks for Five (Wrong) Arguments Against Accessibility

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Massimo Artizzu

Great article! I will treasure your counter arguments.

But on the other hand, in my case they also reply that "it's a web application that's going to be used internally only, so we don't need accessibility".
How can I reply to that? 🤔

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I work on internal apps as well, and I'm our accessibility person more often than not in workplaces I end up. Here are some of the points I like to use to explain that to folks:

  • Most all HR guidelines leave room for reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities, both temporary and permanent
  • Batteries in wireless keyboards and mice dying happens often
  • Carpal tunnel and wrist fatigue from using a mouse is common for people who work with computers ~8 hours a day
  • We strive to have inclusive workforces and among those included are older workers (which many of your stakeholders might be). These workers (along with generally vision impaired folks who use glasses to navigate the world) benefit from being able to adjust text sizes, etc.

Relating accessibility in terms beyond disability but to common every day situations we all face even on a temporary basis is a very helpful tactic to make sure accessibility doesn't get left behind for internal projects.