Session type:


Presented by:

Priyanca D'Souza


Session time:

31 May 12:30 13:15

Session duration:

45 minutes

About the session

We often separate out different aspects of accessibility. However, it’s not uncommon for people to experience multiple barriers which compound each other. If we zoom in too much on solving a problem for one group of people, we can involuntarily make experiences less inclusive.

But, real people can't descope parts of  their lived experience. The complexity of real lived experiences still exists even if we don't research or design for it.

You’ll come away from the talk with a more nuanced and human approach to accessibility which goes beyond compliance and is hopefully more effective and more true to how things really are.

Participant takeaways:

  • Our users are not one-dimensional people who experience one characteristic at a time.
  • Different access needs and barriers can coexist in the same person.
  • Needs and barriers co-occur, exacerbate, and interact with each other.
  • We also often underestimate neurodiversity and sensory needs.
  • People who seem quite similar on paper can be wildly different.


Equitable design practice, Neurodiversity, Inclusivity and accessibility, My career/life story, Psychology, Lived experience, Mental health, Designing with people rather than at people

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