Resources for Designing for Low-Vision Users

General Resources

IBM Accessibility Handbook 
The A11Y Project
Smart Cities For All Toolkits

Usability Testing

This non-profit focuses on providing employment for those with visual impairment. One of their services is to review websites for accessibility. Wonderful resource.

Prototyping Tools and PlugIns

Accessible Protyping with Axure
Accessible Prototyping Discussion

Stark is a plugin to increase accessibility:

Physical Goggles: Low Vision Simulators

(courtesy of Dona Sauerburger)
Make your own Low-Vision Simulators
(These are the instructions that got my students started making their simulators for the project)


Sara Hendron’s Abler Site (Wonderful resource of readings and videos. Excited for her upcoming book!)
David Eagleman: Can We Create New Senses for Humans
99% Invisible Podcast: Episode 226: On Average
Elise Roy: When We Design for Disability, We All Benefit
A Web for Everyone
Karl Groves: Selling Accessibility
Sonic Boundary Objects
ACM Conference on Computing and Accessibility

Inspirational Projects

Wayfindr project
Alibaba Smartphone Screen

Designer Guides

Smashing Mag Accessibility Article
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines W3C
Guidelines to Accessibility Gestures
Accessibility at a Glance
Apple Accessibility Features

Low-Vision Tools

Color Contrast Analyzer Tool Great tool for analyzing color contrast ratios
Color Oracle (color blindness)
Color ID for iPhones (color blindness)  Color vision test  Information about color blindness, tools and references upload an image and test some color combinations

Digital Vision Simulators

No Coffee extension for Google Chrome
VisionSim app for iOS

Screen Readers

The demo installer of JAWS is located at

Quick reference guide for voiceover on iOS