2 years ago 💘 for day 2, 2019 with 313 words.

Intersectionality and Web Accessibility

Working on an idea for a talk that talks about people who exist at the intersections of multiple marginalisations and the way they interact - or are forced not to, or do so differently - with the web.

So far I have a few examples but need more lived experiences from people with these conditions and experences, as well as hopefully some more firm data to go along with it.

In case you don't know the kind of things I mean, web accessibilty is the genral term for a set of actions and design choices that mean people with disablities and cognitive and/or physical impairments can use the web successfully and freely.

A marginalisation here is something that means someone is, to lesser and greater extents depending on the marginilisation itself, not served by mainstream and as such are 'on the edges' of it.

This includes but is not limited to:

  • gender non-coforming and transgender people
  • women
  • people of colour
  • people with disabilities
  • neurodivergent people
  • people with mental illness
  • people of certain religions

These marginalisations interact with web technology in various ways, notably so far with efforts - or lack thereof - to moderate the web, and how this allows certain people free rein over specific corners of, while simultaneously driving others out.

I've been surprised by the lack of studies of it but I understand asking so broadly about 'marginalisation' and also 'intersectionalitu' is an incredibly tall ask and I'll have to narrow my focus to find more examples.

Designing accessible UI and systems is often difficult but it should be seen as a neccessity and not an add on, especially when so many people have some kind of disability or impairment that changes their experience in some way, and the growing ubiquity of technology, the internet and associated items in our lives.


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