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University Libraries Accessibility Resources

What is Physical Accessibility?

Physical barriers are structural obstacles in natural or manmade environments that prevent or block mobility (moving around in the environment) or access.

From Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Common Barriers to Participation Experienced by People with Disabilities."

Designing for users with physical or motor disabilities poster, text is same as on page

Designing for users with physical or motor disabilities

Do

  • make large clickable actions
  • give form fields space
  • design for keyboard or speech only use
  • design with mobile and touch screen in mind
  • provide shortcuts

Don't

  • demand precision
  • bunch interactions together
  • make dynamic content that requires a lot of mouse movement
  • have short time out windows
  • tire users with lots of typing and scrolling

This poster is made available by UK Home Office via a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International licence

Physical Accessibility Resources

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