The a11y project
"a11y" stands for "accessibility." It is a numeronym, with 11 representing the count of letters between the letter a and the letter y.
Accessibility is incredibly important, yet often overlooked in traditional digital design and development education. Because of this, The A11Y Project strives to be a living example of how to create beautiful, accessible, and inclusive digital experiences.
Websites and apps can be made to work in such a way that it can be understood by assistive technology such as screen readers, refreshable braille displays, and screen magnifiers. Many disabled people rely on such devices to do things like order food, pay taxes, apply to jobs, and talk with their friends and family.
Inclusion is essential. Without representation, it is impossible to understand, much less effectively make accessible digital experiences.
In many countries, accessibility is a right protected by law, the same way protections for people's race, religion, and gender are upheld. Depriving someone of access is illegal and immoral.
If we make things accesible, that means more people can use them and they will have better opportunities.