We offer UX services to make the world a better place, and the intersection of UX and accessibility is increasingly important to us.
We followed our friend Alan from ROW4ALS around a small town in the Canary Islands (Spanish islands off the coast of North Africa). Alan has ALS and uses a wheelchair.
One morning we saw him zoom past one of the squares in the town. Then he went back the other way. Amber went to find him and see if things were okay. He was trying to get to the bank to exchange currency, but the curbs were too high and he couldn’t get in. Watching Alan move himself around the world (and row across the ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge) really brings home that he’s not unable—he just does things differently.
We recently learned1 that the UAE refers to people with disabilities as ‘people of determination’ in recognition of their achievements in different fields.
In our journey to enhance user experiences, stories like Row4ALS remind us that accessibility is not just a buzzword; it’s a gateway to inclusivity and a testament to the incredible resilience of individuals like Alan.
At Anchor & Alpine, we are truly passionate about making the world a better place through our UX services, and we believe that the intersection of user experience and accessibility can open doors for all people, regardless of their abilities.
If you’d like to delve deeper into this topic and explore how we champion accessibility in our work, don’t miss our collection of accessibility articles. We’d love to talk UX and accessibility with you.
This article appeared in the Fall/Winter 2022 issue of the Anchor & Alpine Magazine.
- @jesstawil on TikTok for her June 12, 2022 video about the People of Determination. https://www.tiktok.com/@jesstawil/video/7108481935684619566?_t=8T9iLbsx5rO&_r=1