How to be an Inclusive Design Ally

We all have a role to play in making the digital world accessible.
The first and most important step to making the digital world more accessible is acknowledging that there is a problem. If you’ve landed on this page, then you’re already on the journey to being an Inclusive Design Ally.

I’m a designer, developer, content creator, project manager or anything else creative.

While you may not necessarily be able to make decisions on behalf of your business, you can make a huge difference to the digital products and services you create.

The problems of inaccessible websites, software and apps are not going to be solved overnight, and for real positive change to happen it will require an attitude at every level of every business.

By learning as much as you can about the impacts of uninclusive design, and how to solve common problems, you can make small changes that make a massive difference.

By talking about the importance of accessibility within your business, and going the extra mile to ensure everything you create is an inclusive as possible, you’ll have more of an impact than you could ever imagine.

What can you do

  • Learn as much as you can around creating accessible digital products and services. Our Resource Hub is a great place to start.

  • Talk about inclusive and accessible design as much as you can around other creators. Normalising the importance of accessibility is one of the most effective ways of seeing change.

  • On projects or anything you’re working on, talk about the impact on disabled people of not thinking about accessibility right from the start.

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I’m a business leader or someone who can make decisions on behalf of my business.

As someone who has the ability to make decisions within your business, you have the power to make a huge impact on how the digital products and services you produce affect disabled people.

There’s a common misconception that prioritising accessibility can be an expensive and complicated process, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. There are many small steps you can take on the start of your journey to accessible design, and by doing so you’ll be a true Inclusive Design Ally.

The most important thing you can do is embed the principles and reasons for producing inclusive digital products and services in the culture of your business – if you make it clear it’s a business priority, then your whole team will be empowered to learn and implement accessible design.

What can you do

  • Get in contact with us at the Big Hack and have a no-obligation chat about how you could best start to prioritise accessibility within your organisation.

  • Consider signing your organisation up to either our Online Training, or booking onto one of our Accessible Training Days to give your team the best possible start on their journey to being Inclusive Design Allies.

  • Make it clear to your whole team that accessibility is a priority for your organisation. Consider contributing an article to the resource hub detailing your journey and be as an inspiration to others.

Hey business leaders, get in touch with the Big Hack with no obligations to discuss how we can help you on your accessibility journey.

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I’m a journalist or someone in the media who can raise awareness of the issues.

One of the major ways that businesses and organisations will be held to account, and feel the pressure to ensure that their digital products and services are inclusive and accessible, is through public pressure and awareness.

As someone in the media, you have the power to write articles, publish videos and podcasts, and generally keep the spotlight on the unfairness, injustice and ever-growing impact of inaccessible websites and apps in 2020.

By ensuring that the issues of inaccessible websites and apps cannot be ignored any longer, you’ll drive more and more organisations and individuals to seek positive change, having a transformative impact on the entire digital landscape.

What can you do

  • Keep an eye on our Industry Snapshots to see where the spotlight needs to be shone. You’ll find all the top-level information you need to keep the media attention up, there are even press-packs per Industry Snapshot you can download directly from the site.

  • Get in contact with us to let us know that you’re interested in raising awareness of the issues of inaccessible websites and apps. We’re a fast-moving team, and whatever your area of expertise we’ll be able to work together to make a positive change.

Hey media people, get in touch and let us know if you’re interested in covering a story about digital inclusion and accessibility.

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I’m already an Inclusive Design Ally and I want to know how I can make more of an impact.

It is more important than ever that we encourage business owners, creatives and journalists to do whatever they can to make the digital world more inclusive. To do this we need to create a movement of passionate Inclusive Design Allies who will keep the conversation moving forward, and showing how important digital inclusion and accessibility is.

As someone who already knows the impacts when digital products and services are not accessible, and wants to do something about it, there is no more powerful advocate for the Big Hack and what we’re trying to achieve than you.

When accessibility and digital inclusion become the standard, we’ll be well on our way to a society that sees disabled people’s digital needs as fully equal and important to the non-disabled, and that will benefit everybody.

What can you do

  • Join our mailing list if you haven’t already to stay up to date with all our latest campaigns, news and resources, and key updates. We often need help to spread the word about what we’re working on, and this is the best way to stay in touch.

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