Types of disabilities

Although we frequently discuss providing accessibility for blind users, there are many different types of disabilities that are protected under the law. These generally fall under a few broad categories (source):

  • VisualBlindness, low vision, color-blindness
  • HearingDeafness and hard-of-hearing
  • MotorInability to use a mouse, slow response time, limited fine motor control
  • CognitiveLearning disabilities, distractibility, inability to remember or focus on large amounts of information

Each of these disabilities have implications that are noted in the WCAG 2.0 standards.

WebAim has a series of videos about the experiences students with disabilities have when using the web.