Inclusive Design in Action: How Design, Engineering, and Product Collaboration Can Enhance Website Accessibility For Everyone

May 2, 2023

Given Bloom Housing’s goal of centralizing and facilitating the affordable housing process, we must be removing barriers, at each step of development, to ensure that all visitors can use Bloom regardless of their ability.

‍At Exygy, we strive to design accessible products because the tools we create to build healthy and resilient communities must be usable by everyone. We are continuing to integrate this ideology of empathy into our entire design and development process by facilitating consistent collaboration between Design, Product, and Engineering. 

‍One of the ways we have strengthened our accessibility process is by partnering with LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (LightHOuse SF). As subject matter experts, they inform accessible design across various projects, focusing on Exygy’s Bloom Housing.

“Collaboration is the key to designing digital experiences that truly work for everyone. When LightHouse SF works with Exygy and involves every member of their product team, as well as access tech user testers and access tech experts, we ensure that the products we design together not only meet baseline accessibility standards but result in usable experiences that are equitable for all users, regardless of any disabilities or access needs.”
- Sean Dougherty, Manager of Corporate Relationships, Access Tech at LightHouse SF. 

Detroit Home Connect site, one of Bloom Housing’s projects, was thoroughly audited by Exygy and Google.org before we brought in Lighthouse for additional insight. Throughout this process, we realized that there was an opportunity to be more intentional about prioritizing accessibility on Bloom. So, we formed a team made up of design, product, and engineering to tackle the audit findings, and also take a more holistic look at how we incorporate accessibility into our feature design. 

‍Building an accessible product is a multidisciplinary effort, and requires close collaboration between design, engineering, and product. Here are the key takeaways from each discipline as they approached working collectively to make the site more accessible.

Inclusive Design in Action: How Design, Engineering, and Product Collaboration Can Enhance Website Accessibility For Everyone

May 2, 2023

Given Bloom Housing’s goal of centralizing and facilitating the affordable housing process, we must be removing barriers, at each step of development, to ensure that all visitors can use Bloom regardless of their ability.

‍At Exygy, we strive to design accessible products because the tools we create to build healthy and resilient communities must be usable by everyone. We are continuing to integrate this ideology of empathy into our entire design and development process by facilitating consistent collaboration between Design, Product, and Engineering. 

‍One of the ways we have strengthened our accessibility process is by partnering with LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired (LightHOuse SF). As subject matter experts, they inform accessible design across various projects, focusing on Exygy’s Bloom Housing.

“Collaboration is the key to designing digital experiences that truly work for everyone. When LightHouse SF works with Exygy and involves every member of their product team, as well as access tech user testers and access tech experts, we ensure that the products we design together not only meet baseline accessibility standards but result in usable experiences that are equitable for all users, regardless of any disabilities or access needs.”
- Sean Dougherty, Manager of Corporate Relationships, Access Tech at LightHouse SF. 

Detroit Home Connect site, one of Bloom Housing’s projects, was thoroughly audited by Exygy and Google.org before we brought in Lighthouse for additional insight. Throughout this process, we realized that there was an opportunity to be more intentional about prioritizing accessibility on Bloom. So, we formed a team made up of design, product, and engineering to tackle the audit findings, and also take a more holistic look at how we incorporate accessibility into our feature design. 

‍Building an accessible product is a multidisciplinary effort, and requires close collaboration between design, engineering, and product. Here are the key takeaways from each discipline as they approached working collectively to make the site more accessible.

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Bloom is a product from Exygy. We partner with social impact organizations to design and build technology that improves lives.

Copyright ©2023. Exygy Inc.

Exygy

Bloom is a product from Exygy. We partner with social impact organizations to design and build technology that improves lives.

Copyright ©2023. Exygy Inc.

Exygy

Bloom is a product from Exygy. We partner with social impact organizations to design and build technology that improves lives.

Copyright ©2023. Exygy Inc.