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Designing for Cognitively-Impaired

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Cognitively-Impaired Users:

  • May have reading disorders, learning disabilities, ADD
  • Difficulty focusing or comprehending long blocks of text
  • Find complex layouts or inconsistent navigational schemes confusing
  • May not use English as their first language


  • This is the most neglected disability
  • Text-only content may be limiting

Accessible Design Techniques:

  • Simplify the layout as much as possible
  • Provide clear and consistent site navigation
  • Organize information into manageable "chunks"
  • Logically organize your site and individual documents
  • Use icons, illustrations, arrows, audio, video or other multimedia to enhance understanding
  • Write Well!
Last updated: 11/10/2014 11:25:27 AM