Points of Exclusion 

When designing my project as a whole, especially as a physical photo book I think the main point of exclusion would be for people who might be visually impaired. This is because a lot of the project is based on visual elements which are the photos I will be including and the text as well. That being said I think the main point of exclusion is not having a braille version of the photo book. This is a representation of a mismatched human interaction because just like this can be a point of exclusion for a visually impaired person, it can also be a point of exclusion for someone who just had surgery, or someone who is distracted and not paying attention to the project. This becomes a mismatched human interaction because it takes into account disability as “context-dependent” rather than a disability as a personal attribute. This is important to take into account when creating my project as a way to be more inclusive to all of my potential audience. 


In addition to this, is important to mention that when we talk about visually impaired individuals there can be many definitions: 

Blindness — loss of vision in both eyes

Central field loss — only seeing the edges of the visual field

Clouded vision — like looking through a foggy window

Colour blindness — inability to perceive any colour or certain colours

Contrast sensitivity — the contrast between objects and their backgrounds is reduced

Poor acuity — vision that is not sharp

Poor lighting — typically when outdoors in the sun

Tunnel vision — only seeing the middle of the visual field

Access Desing Solutions 

When it comes to my project I will make sure to have a digital copy so that I can include Alt text in the images and text-to-speech to any text to convey my message to everyone who might be interested. But, there are many other things that I can do to make sure that I’m being inclusive. In this article titled, Tips on designing inclusively for visual disabilities, I’m given many ways to do so. One of the tips they mentioned, and probably the most important ones would be how to be inclusive when it comes to images: 

Functional & informational images and icons need text equivalent (alt-text), decorative images and icons don’t 

Consider allowing informational images to retain a usable size on smaller screens by scrolling horizontally allowing exploration 

Use aria-labels on embedded SVGs to allow screen readers to read them 

Use alt text on images that convey the intended message and action instead of visually describing it

Project Distribution 

I’m hoping to reach the general public because I believe that the issues I’m addressing are extremely important to know about. I want to reach people who might be ignorant about these issues so that they can now acknowledge what’s going on and start to take action to make a change. I think social media would be the best way to reach all kinds of people which is why I will make sure to share the word by contacting organizations that support similar issues so that their followers can learn more about it.