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Accessibility is for everyone

15 per cent of the world’s population are permanently disabled. And many more have temporary disabilities. Like carpal tunnel syndrome, which is a type of repetitive strain injury, or voice loss from a sore throat.

The Microsoft Inclusive Design Toolkit illustrates this fairly well. They include a graphic showing multiple examples of permanent, temporary and situational disability related to touch, sight, hearing and speech. They may be updating it to include neurodiversity.

Graphic showing permanent, temporary and situational disability as described in the body text.

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Line-drawn representational figures labelled:

  • Permanent; touch – one arm, see – blind, hear – deaf, speak – non-verbal.
  • Temporary; touch – arm injury, see – cataract, hear – ear infection, speak – laryngitis.
  • Situational; touch – new parent (carrying baby), see – distracted driver, hear – bartender (in noisy environment), speak – heavy accent.
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