All Access, my senior capstone at the University of Washington, was created to approach accessible storytelling through the lens of 2D and 3D design.
Guided by the question, "What would a website by and for disabled people look like?" I collected stories about disability and identity from my own life and from other people who identify as young and disabled. Then, I aimed to create a website to tell these stories that was “radically accessible” and educational. The site, allaccess.site, is live and ready to be perused!
Key features include:
Providing options for different fonts and levels of contrast helps people with dyslexia, cognitive impairments, and low vision.
Each story is accompanied by an audio version spoken by the author. This provides a more personal experience for people with low vision who might otherwise have a screen-reader robot voice reading the text.
Explanations of accessibility features
Hover states throughout the site provide quick explanations for different options and design decisions to help users learn more about accessibility.
Previews of alt-text
Alt text is a typically-hidden HTML function that provides descriptions of images to people with screen readers. My design exposes that function through a hover state.
Accompanying the site are two physical components—a zine and a set of tactile images.
The zine is a physical booklet that includes the same content for people who are more comfortable reading printed words.
To help people who have vision impairments better get a sense for the writers behind the stories, I created tactile images of each participants’ face. The names are included in both raised text and braille, which are sized and spaced according to ADA standards.
Special thanks to Spencer Weglin for his extensive help in making my dream of tactile images come true! Without his expertise and troubleshooting efforts with 3D printers and laser cutters, that aspect of the project would not have come together as well as it did.