Anne Gibson’s article, Reframing Accessibility for the Web, is a worthwhile read for anyone involved in web development. In it, she urges us to stop thinking about accessibility as something we do for “disabled people”; rather, it is something we should do for people.
Why? Because we all benefit, even those who don’t identify as being disabled:
WebAIM discusses a phenomenon where a large group of people are asked if any of them have a visual disability. Very few audience members say that they do, even when a sizable number of them wear glasses or contacts. Despite the fact that they (and I) wear assistive technology to see, we don’t see ourselves as “people with a disability.”
Anne also offers some good strategies for reframing accessibility by making it part personas and testing.