Welcome! I’m Derek Featherstone, accessibility guru. You’ve heard about accessibility. You know what it means. Why it’s important. But you don’t know where to start, especially because you don’t have a product yet.
You’re pre-product. You’re a startup. Maybe you’re pre-startup.
- What can you do to make your non-product more accessible?
- How can you build accessibility in from the start?
- How can you shift accessibility left?
- How can you start sooner?
Have people with disabilities test your UI & UX
This final piece is all about how you can get feedback from people with disabilities before your product is launched. What do you need to get feedback from people with disabilities? How might you test prototypes at various stages?
Have a sketch or wireframe?
Take that sketch and talk through it with people with different disabilities. Explore how they solve problems. Understand their motivations and the way they think. Work with people that use voice recognition software to talk aloud about how they’d approach the interface and what voice commands they might give to accomplish tasks.
Have a Figma, Sketch, InDesign, or Adobe XD prototype?
Get people with low vision to review it. Even though it isn’t coded, you can still get feedback on colors, layout, interaction flows, and more.
Have a coded HTML prototype?
Get people that use a screen reader to run through the prototype and give you feedback.
You can do it!
These are all things that you can do before you have a completed product. Accessibility starts at the very beginning. Don’t wait until the product is almost ready to launch—or worse—after it’s launched. By then, making it accessible will be a lot more work, time, and money. Start when the product is a dream and some sketches and you can get it all done more efficiently and effectively.