Types of Disabilities and Barriers

More info: http://www.w3.org/WAI/EO/Drafts/PWD-Use-Web/#diff


Abilities vary greatly from person to person and can be temporary or chronic. Many of these barriers can apply to all sorts of users. For example:

  • They may not be able to see, hear, move, or may not be able to process some types of information easily or at all.
  • They may have difficulty reading or comprehending text.
  • They may not have or be able to use a keyboard or mouse.
  • They may have a text-only screen, a small screen, or a slow Internet connection.
  • They may not speak or understand fluently the language in which the document is written.
  • They may be in a situation where their eyes, ears, or hands are busy or interfered with (e.g., driving to work, working in a loud environment, etc.).
  • They may have an early version of a browser, a different browser entirely, a voice browser, or a different operating system.

Some Disabilities:

  • visual impairments
  • hearing impairments
  • physical disabilities
  • speech disabilities
  • cognitive and neurological disabilities
  • multiple disabilities
  • aging-related conditions