International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a worldwide event that aims to increase public awareness, understanding, and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

Every year, the United Nations announces a theme to observe, which for 2018 is “empowering persons with disability and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.”

At Transpire, universal design is one of our core values, and as such, we take digital accessibility and inclusion very seriously.

Accessibility isn’t an added extra for us, even when we get push back from our clients to meet tough timelines and budget constraints – it’s simply part of everything we do.

With this in mind, our Head of UX Amir Ansari has been working alongside Telstra’s Senior Accessibility & Inclusion Specialist Kelly Schulz to develop some digital empathy exercises as part of Transpire’s ongoing commitment to ensuring inclusiveness.

Universal design for accessibility and inclusion at Transpire

“The purpose of this session was to help our consultants (software engineers, designers, testers and project managers) keep digital inclusion and accessibility front of mind,” said Amir.

“Working in pairs, the exercises helped each individual experience the effects of different disabilities during everyday digital tasks on mobiles and laptop.”

Despite the fact over four million people in Australia have some form of disability, a third say that their customer needs are often unmet.

By giving precedence to accessibility when designing and developing digital products, Transpire is making sure everyone can benefit from the latest and greatest in technology and innovation.

But that doesn’t mean to say embedding accessibility and inclusion into every project is like adding a certain feature or facilitating greater functionality. It’s a continual process of good, better, best…

“Kelly and I recognise that building digital accessibility and inclusion is not an all or nothing exercise, it’s about awareness, building empathy, and making small, continuous improvements,” added Amir.

“We designed these exercises to be approachable and flexible and would love the opportunity to run them with other teams and organisations.”

To see how your team could benefit from greater accessibility and inclusion awareness, get in touch with us to find out more.

More about International Day of People with Disability

IDPwD is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated internationally. According to the United Nations, 2018’s theme focuses on empowering people with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

The Australian Government has been supporting IDPwD since 1996 and provides funds to promote and raise awareness of the day around the country. The National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 commits all governments to a nationwide approach aimed at improving the lives of people with disability, their families and carers.

The Strategy’s ten-year national framework for reform focuses on better inclusion for people with disability and seeks to create a society that enables people with disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.