Microsoft and Deque make accessibility easy for millions of developers


Most people without disabilities ignore articles about accessibility because they seem irrelevant to them. With the digital world becoming more integral to our lives, and disabilities being acquired through accidents, disease or aging, ignoring this information may not be in our best interests.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.