Accessible Design Benefits All

One might think accessibility only benefits those with a disability, but quite the opposite is true. There are so many examples of design that were originally intended for people with disabilities, but ultimately benefited everyone. Sidewalk cutouts, electric toothbrushes, straws, and captioning – to name a few. And, how many of you use the accessibility features of your smartphone even though they were developed to assist a user with a disability?

One example of how accessible design benefits all, captioning, is highlighted in this article and infographic by 3 Play Media. It gives examples of where captions are helpful to a broader audience, and not just those with a hearing impairment.

Think about it. What are some other ways accessible design has benefited you in your everyday activities?