Accessibility tools for product teams

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Q: Who in product should be thinking about accessibility?

A: Everyone.

From product managers, to designers, to developers, to marketers, to care, to the leadership team.

Here’s a great overview of the current state of digital accessibility. Right now, just 3% of the internet is accessible. Let me repeat that — 3%.

Over 1.3 billion people worldwide have disabilities. 26% of Americans have disabilities, and of those, a large portion is not visible. I live with an invisible disability (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome).

This is a massive amount of people who aren’t being included in many product-building decisions.

You don’t need to be a certified accessibility designer to think about accessibility.

You just need to care.

And if you care, the next step is to act.

I’ve put together this list of accessibility resources to help you bridge the gap between caring and taking action:

Huge thank you to Dave Dame, Elsa Sjunneson, Roger Swannell, Pete Lee, Alicia Jarvis, and Sean from Color Blind Vision for their contributions to this list.

What tools and resources would you add to this? Let me know in the comments below!

-Lisa 🧢

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