Accessibility & inclusion: how you can make a change

Inclusivity for disabilities

  • He is very much online
  • Technology helps him play and connect online
  • Xbox Connect helps with his social skills — he plays with family and friends. He uses a camera rather than a controller to play so that his motor function does not get in the way and he can have fun playing games.
  • Technology helps him have goals — learning towards doing/ achieving something. He uses the mobile device to research topics and answer quizzes.
  • Not all innovation looks/is the same
  • 65% of the population are visual learners — the brain specifically responds to the face
  • Inclusive means “you don’t feel left out, everyone feels the same”
  • Men are more likely to apply to jobs than women, even if they don’t meet the job spec requirements. Remove superlatives like ‘world class’ and make continuous changes — a culture of inclusion needs to represent the people who aren’t at the table.

How you can make the change towards inclusivity

Our system needs to be better at listening. It is a myth that people with less power have to make themselves heard or find a way to participate. The truth is people with more power must create more safety, generosity and hospitality.

  • Personal relationships are important — don’t automate conversations. Have regular check-ins with your teammates even as the team grows
  • We need to move from a ‘Human-centred design’ approach to a ‘Humanity-centred design’ approach. Design will very soon need to redefine its belief system. Focusing only on consumer and business outcomes will be viewed as narrow-minded. A belief that all design must have a positive social and environmental consequence will become the norm

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