Sometimes you stumble across use cases of your products that you just did not expect. During my talk at the Accessibility 2.0 conference last week I pointed out that technology that seemingly is a stumbling block for accessibility can actually be a benefit for disabled users.
The example was the ease of being able to annotate and caption photos in Flickr enticing a lot more users to enter sensible captions and text which in return makes it easier to find the photos and describe them to non-sighted users.
This is wonderful news, and proof that products that are on the bleeding edge and use technologies with a reputation for inaccessibility can actually benefit users overcome boundaries and make them communicate using "web 2.0" products despite their disability.
It is also a great example that accessibility is about all kind of disabilities, and that technology can be the solution rather than a hindrance.
- LaRonda Zupp on the addictiveness of Yahoo! Live for the deaf community
- Scott Gatz on decisions being made to make Yahoo! Live inclusive for all users
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