Kim’s Picks Resources

I often refer specific articles, companies and tools in my articles and talks. Below are my top picks and favorite recommendations.

For a more robust and regularly updated list of website accessibility, usability, and web design resources, please visit my pet project website – TheUserIsOutThere.com

Overlay Fact Sheet – Introduction, definition, and history of web accessibility overlays

Human Experience and Ethical Design

Staying Human in the Age of Big Tech – “Are we really using design and technology for the right reasons? Just because we have the capability to create something, does it mean that we should? As technology companies continue to pursue maximum efficiency and maximum profit, there’s something to be said for subtlety. More isn’t always better.”

Practical Tips for Accessibility, Search & Human Experience Design – “Removing barriers to access is something people with disabilities do every day and our web pages can be the worst offenders.”

Maker Mind Discover neuroscience-based strategies to cultivate your curiosity, maximise your productivity, and dare to create.

Discovering underlying sensations of human emotions based on social media – “According to psychology and neuroscience, human emotions are known to be strongly dependent on sensory perceptions. Although sensation is the most fundamental antecedent of human emotions, prior works have not looked into their relation to emotions based on social media texts.”

Social Design Human Experiences

Youth Depression, Suicide Increasing During Pandemic Response – “Childhood and adolescent mental health has been deteriorating over the past decade, with youth depression and suicide rates climbing.”

COVID-19 Linked to Rising Suicide Rates Among Teens – “According to CDC data, suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young people aged 10 to 24. The effects of isolation are heightening this trend.” 

Website Accessibility

Lainey Feingold – Disability Rights Lawyer

Sherry Byrne-Haber – Accessibility Advocate, Educator and Blogger

Accessibility Testing Tools

Accessibility Statements

ARIA in HTML – “This specification defines the web developer rules (author conformance requirements) for the use of Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1 and Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module 1.0 attributes on [HTML] elements. It also defines requirements for Conformance Checking tools.”

https://a11yweekly.com/

 Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

JoeDolson.com; WordPress Accessibility; he offers a free color contrast tool and help for WordPress

BOIA – Bureau of Internet Accessibility

Essential Accessibility

UsableNet

Be My Eyes

Digital.gov

Web Design

Smashing Magazine

https://polypane.app/ – Built-in tools for responsive design, accessibility, meta information

Accessibility Overlays

Episode 105: The AccessiBe controversy. Can AI make the web fully accessible in a few short years? – Podcast

bemyeyes.com/podcasts/adrian-and-the-overlays – Podcast