Technology accessibility for Australian elders

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This page is a snapshot of technology accessibility for elders in Australia.

Elders in Australia

Technology usage by elders

(Australian Communications and Media Authority-commissioned survey, May 2015.)

(Australian Communications and Media Authority, 2016. Digital lives of older Australians, p. 7.)

Digital inclusion of elders

Australians aged 65+ are the least digitally included demographic in Australia, scoring lower than the Australian average across all categories of access, affordability and digital ability.

(The Australian Digital Inclusion Index, 2019. p 16)

(The Australian Digital Inclusion Index, 2019)

Barriers to accessibility

Physical barriers

Mental

Resource and Situational

Learning Styles

Attitudes and Experiences

It takes a lot more to unlearn than to learn.

UX/UI Considerations for Accessibility

“A person’s vision ability is not the only factor to consider—easier to read means easier for everyone. Today’s guidelines could be tomorrow’s requirements: accessibility-related lawsuits are on the rise. Following existing guidelines could reduce company liability”.

(Stephen Westland, Qianqian Pan, SooJin Lee, A review of the effects of colour and light on non‐image function in humans)

Colour

Standard vision (TL), Deuteranopia (TR), Protanopia (BL), and Tritanopia (BL).


Fonts

  1. Sans serif fonts
  2. Monospace fonts.
  3. Roman fonts.
  4. Letter shapes are clearly defined and unique (prominent ascenders and descender, as well as d/b or p/q combinations which are not an exact mirror image of one another).
  5. Definition between Uppercase I, lowercase l, and 1.
  6. Generous letter spacing.
  7. Generous kerning (particularly between r and n).

(Luz Rello and Ricardo Baeza-Yates, Good Fonts for Dyslexia);(Carrie Fisher, Designing Accessible Content: Typography, Font Styling, and Structure)

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