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The Accessibility Manifesto
The Accessibility Manifesto is our vision of designing the future, aimed at creating spaces, products, and services that are accessible to all.
On 3 July, as part of the Gdynia Design Days event, workshop participants joined forces to create the Accessibility Manifesto.
The result of their collaborative effort was the design of 9 demands, expressing a collective vision of the future in which accessibility is a fundamental right, not a luxury. Discover the demands of the Manifesto, born from passion, dedication, and the desire for change.
Accessibility is the foundation of a just world
Creating an environment that is accessible and welcoming to all, regardless of age, disability, cultural background, or socio-economic status, is essential to building a better world. Our goal is to promote accessibility in all aspects of life, striving to create a world that is more just, inclusive, and full of opportunities for everyone. In such a world, everyone has an equal chance to lead a fulfilling and satisfying life.
The vision of accessibility is not only a moral obligation but also the key to developing more innovative, sustainable, and efficient solutions.
Begin the design process with accessibility in mind
Accessibility should be a fundamental aspect of every design process rather than just an add-on in later stages. When we put emphasis on accessibility from the very beginning, we gain a broader understanding and enable the fulfilment of the diverse needs of all users. This approach paves the way for creating products, services, and spaces that are genuinely universal and inclusive.
Avoid assumptions in design
Openness to diversity and avoiding hasty assumptions are key elements in the design process. We cannot fully predict the aspirations, needs, and expectations of all potential users. Therefore, we approach the design process with openness, always ready to learn and appreciate the perspectives of diverse individuals.
Accessibility is the norm, not the exception
Universal access to products, services, and spaces for everyone is not a luxury but a standard. This right derives from the fundamental dignity of every person and is inseparable from full, unrestricted participation in all aspects of life. Let's design with the conviction that accessibility is the norm, not the exception, always prioritising the dignity and equality of all users.
Empathy leads to accessibility
The process of creating accessible and universal solutions not only teaches us to understand and respect diverse experiences but also promotes self-awareness. Through this approach, we can view the world from multiple perspectives, which develops our empathy and strengthens our ability to build authentically inclusive products, services, and spaces. In this way, accessibility-based design becomes not only a professional pursuit but also a path to personal growth and a better understanding of others.
Accessibility builds stronger communities
The universal and accessible design creates an environment where every individual is a valued participant. It catalyses our ability to achieve and experience more through collaboration. By designing with accessibility for everyone in mind, we open a gateway to building stronger communities, fostering synergy, and achieving higher-quality outcomes. This offers opportunities for inclusion and acquiring new skills and experiences, leading to increased productivity and innovation.
Accessibility is a strategic choice, not just an ethical one
Accessible design is not just about ethics; primarily, it’s a strategic and profitable direction. By creating products, services, and spaces open to everyone, we expand our potential user and customer base. This broadens the reach of our projects to a wider audience and increases the value and profitability of our initiatives. Moreover, universal design often becomes a source of innovation, leading to additional financial benefits. For these reasons, accessibility is not only the right choice but also a thoughtful and economically justified one.
Test your products with diversity in mind
The true strength and functionality of a product are discovered when it is tested and analysed by a diverse range of users. By involving individuals with various experiences, from disabilities to cultural and socio-economic differences, we can understand how our products are experienced and what needs they fulfil. This understanding allows us to precisely tailor our solutions to better serve the real needs of users, which is key to creating truly universal and accessible products, services, and spaces.
Designing is just the beginning; implementation is the key to accessibility
Accessibility lies not only in careful design but also in effective implementation of these concepts. Any project that remains on paper doesn't bring real value — to ensure true accessibility, we must materialise our ideas and make them available to all. Theoretical accessibility does not translate into tangible benefits. That's why we emphasise the importance of the full project lifecycle, from conception to implementation.
Inspire the future
The Accessibility Manifesto is not just our thoughts — it's a call to action to create a world open to all. Share our vision and help us shape the future, inspire others, and create a reality where innovations serve everyone. Your support can make a real difference.
Co-creators of the manifestos
Daria Behling, Kinga Białek, Sylwia Bruna, Maciej Budzisz, Bartłomiej Bugajny, Aro Cygaro, Andrzej Dąbrowski, Karolina Drewing, Anna Drobna, Magdalena Fryze-Seroka, Alicja Idzińska, Zuza Jarzębowska, Tomasz Klekner, Olga Karasińska, Gosia Kulawczuk-Gruba, Błażej Lewandowski, Karolina Lewanowicz, Adam Lewicki, Michał Łapeta, Ola Niemczyk, Krzysztof Ożóg, Beata Piętka, Aga Rutkowska, Agnieszka Sendecka, Agnieszka Siedzińska, Natalia Szulga, Michał Szymański, Małgorzata Szymczak, Michał Szymczak, Radosław Taraszka, Dariusz Ułanowicz, Bartosz Wojtasiak
A11y – Accessibility – Dostępność
As part of the periodic meetings organised by Objectivity | Part of Accenture in collaboration with Europejskie Centrum Solidarności, we create a Tricity space for cross-sectoral and cross-industry exchange of experiences, best practices, and initiatives to bring about change.