Accessibility

Ad Hoc’s curated collection of resources for developing accessible digital services.

Why we care

Architects have to consider how to accommodate people with disabilities on a regular basis. For example, how do you build a staircase that can also accommodate someone using a wheelchair, or other forms of mobility issues?

By the same token, there are lots of ways to think about building a website or web application with accessibility in mind. One way is to think about it from the perspective of passing a compliance checklist for a desired level of Section 508 or WCAG 2 compliance. Another, more holistic way to think about accessibility is as a constraint that should be embraced, in much the same way designing for touch screens or building for mobile devices is part of our approach to designing digital products.

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Accessibility approaches

Accessibility tools and resources

We use short engagements designed to get government teams hands-on experience using proven commercial product and service design methods and adapting them to a government context. We use collaborative exercises to walk teams through these methods and emphasize the co-creation of materials, such as prototypes or user research test plans and scripts. Our product design experts pair with the subject matter experts on your team to help you tackle major challenges. Engagements can be as short as two hours or as long as five weeks, and include options under the micro-purchase and simplified acquisition thresholds.

Recent posts on Accessibility

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Accessibility without fear and beyond compliance

February 07, 2020

When thinking about web accessibility, many people tend to focus on checking the boxes. As my colleague Trevor Pierce says, this is the fear mindset.

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Navigating government barriers to human-centered design

October 22, 2019

Human-centered design practitioners in government face an entirely different world of constraints and incentives than their industry peers. For human-centered design folks entering government work, these constraints can feel like a barrier to designing better services.

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The 21st Century IDEA Act Playbook Part 4: Prioritize modernization with user research

September 04, 2019

The 21st Century IDEA Act mandates that every agency prioritize public services that need modernization. The best way for agencies to prioritize their services is to thoroughly research how users interact with those services.

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The 21st Century IDEA Act Playbook Part 1: Accessibility, appearance, and overlap

August 15, 2019

Reading the IDEA Act, I saw much of how Ad Hoc works with our customers on government digital services. I thought it would be helpful to share our experience in implementing these kinds of digital services.

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A case for incremental change and accessibility

June 18, 2019

As we consider accessibility, we also need to keep in mind the impact of disruptions, particularly for audiences who rely on predictability and for whom recreating their accommodations can be a painful process.

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Developer-driven focus management for single-page applications

February 20, 2018

This post will outline some best practices for focus management, and how it relates to accessibility.

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