Teaching accessibility

Dropbox folder with documents and user iconsTechnology needs to be more than just available — it needs to be accessible. That’s why we’re excited to team up with our peers in tech, academia, and advocacy — including Yahoo! and Facebook — on a working group designed to foster accessibility.

The group’s goal: build global technology that’s usable by all people. To do this, we’ll be focusing on design, human-computer interaction, and engineering education. This initiative comes just in time for the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a landmark law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. As we celebrate the ADA, it’s a great reminder to think every day about how users with different disabilities interact with and access their products.

Here at Dropbox, we’ve been working to raise awareness for accessibility in everything we do, from how we recruit, to the way we build products. We’ve added preferences for people with accessible technology development skills in all of our relevant job postings. And to help make Dropbox as simple and usable as possible — for anyone using our product — we updated our iOS app last fall with improvements geared towards visually impaired users.

These are just the first steps we’re taking to make Dropbox accessible, and we’re excited to make a place where everyone can do their best work. To learn more about the accessibility working group’s principles and objectives, visit www.teachingaccessibility.com.