AUXILIUM - IC HACK 20

Web developers aren't typically trained to think about disabled populations.

All inclusive design isn't at the front of most web developer's minds. It should be!

The web can be a hostile space for the 15% of the world's population who experience some form of visual impairment or learning disability.

In a world of A/B testing and data-driven development, it is easy for companies, designers and engineers to design for the masses. But designing for the masses isn't enough.

We want to build a web that works, not just for most, but for all.

We believe that the way to address this issue is by tackling it during the design and development process. We decided to build a suite of tools to help developers, understand, empathise with and fix accessibility issues faced by a diverse population of users.

Meet Auxilium - an interactive application that focuses on 3 common groups of individuals that are often left out of the design process:

  1. Users with different forms of colourblindness
  2. Users with dyslexia
  3. Users with dyspraxia

Auxilium gives developers a way to visualise and understand what their webpage would like look when viewed by a colourblind person - allowing them to improve their contrast for UI elements as well as helping them be more mindful regarding the images they use.

With the combination of a web app and a Chrome extension, we give developers a platform to upload their images to compare the original and a simulated colorblindness images side by side.

Auxilium also gives developers insight into how users with dyslexia and dyspraxia view text-heavy websites, and what measures could be taken to improve their experience.

Auxilium also gives users with dyslexia and dyspraxia a color-based tool (Chrome extension) that makes longer chunks of text easier to read without getting distracted, improving their user experience.

Auxilium is currently focused on these specific issues, but we believe that it has the potential to expand to more areas which are under-served by the design standards and engineering practices of today. By providing developers with tools to build a more accessible web and by empowering users to navigate the internet better, Auxilium can make the internet an inclusive place.

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