We gain understanding from considering someone else's experience. It may be helpful to view these two sets of examples of how users with disabilities interact with web pages. While they are specific to the web, their experiences are simliar when interacting with documents, media, online learning environments, desktop software, web applications and other situations.
The first set of examples is from the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which is lead by the individual who developed the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee. The W3C is also the organiztion which has established international standards for web accessibility - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0). UM is working toward meeting Guidelines 2.0.
WebAIM is an organization that has focused upon making the web accessible to individuals with disabilities. They are leaders in this work and recognized authorities.
- Descriptive video: Description added to videos and audio files
- Screenreader: http://webaim.org/simulations/screenreader-sim.htm
- Color blindness: Simulating color blindness
- Captioning: A Youtube video about captions (watch it without captions at first)