Teemu Suoranta from Aucor wrote an excellent article about myths and prejudices of accessibility. Article is in Finnish and here is the short summary and “translation” of that article. I added my own twist here and there.
As a side note I’m still shocked what happened to ex top level gymnastic Jari Mönkkönen. After flip he landed badly on his neck and was paralyzed from the neck down. I hope all the love, courage and strength to him and his family.
We might think that I don’t need accessibility. I’m not blind, I can use my hands and mouse, my eyesight is perfect, I have the sharpest HD screen and wi-fi is super fast. I don’t know anybody who have disabilities.
As a developer we might think that accessibility makes sites ugly, it only affects really really small amount of people, it’s just an extra cost without a return, it’s too hard and unimportant. Our site is not targeted to people with disabilities.
Guess what. Take your head out of your ass for a minute.
There are other people than you on this planet. There are lot’s of different kind of people on this planet. In most cases we all want to experience the life and perhaps even interact with the web.
Okay I have to leave Kyle’s story here even if it’s not the best example what I’m after. But he’s so cool.
— Great Big Story (@greatbigstory) January 11, 2017
Who needs accessibility anyways. Let’s give couple of examples from Teemu’s article.
You probably got the idea. We all need some form of accessibility at some point of our lives.