Why Accessibility Matters
According to Merriam-Webster, something is accessible if it can be reached.
Imagine we are designing a pedestrian bridge to cross a busy street.
We can create stairs to access the bridge, but then wheelchair users wouldn’t be able to use it.
Ramps can be too steep or have obstructions in the way.
Sometimes, even with design regulations and specifications, bridges are built that aren’t usable by everyone.
Rather than building a bridge that isn’t accessible, we restart with an inclusive design approach.
We consider how people, with a range of abilities, will use the bridge and ask them to evaluate the design.
The measure of success is easy, can the other side be reached by all of our users?
It’s important to think inclusively when creating a product because about 15% of the global population lives with disabilities that significantly impact their life and overcome accessibility issues on a daily basis.
In the design of our products and our daily operations, we must be inclusive of everyone.
We commit to making our products and our processes accessible, so our customers can provide accessible solutions to their employees, because the law requires it, and because we recognise it's the right thing to do.
Our purpose is people, and for us, accessibility is the realisation that inspiration comes from people of all abilities.
We invite you to learn more about accessibility, to be the voice that removes barriers, and become an accessibility ally to share knowledge and awareness.