Designing Autism-Friendly Websites

A nice little article by Jurriaan Persyn on designing websites for autistics. I would definitely agree about the use of pictograms. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, and that’s especially true if you have my kind of autism. Many autistics think in pictures rather than words. I personally prefer to watch a video presentation than read the same content, because the video gives me visual cues. However, too many clashing colors is not a good idea, and the same for flickering graphics or pop-ups (autistics are generally distracted by strong repetitive contrasts like stripes or blinking lights, Then again, aren’t we all?). I especially hate music that starts when you open a page, sudden audio-visual stimuli are generally not autistic-friendly. We tend to hate surprises, so consistency and predictability are important, as Jurriaan mentions.

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2 responses

  1. Woaw, you’re referring to an article from 6 years ago. Although a lot has changed in web development since then, I’m glad to hear from you that some of it is still relevant.
    There was very little information available on “cognitive disabilities” versus web development to research this, and I didn’t get to do real tests with users with some form of autism, so it’s only an attempt. If you’ve got more tips, I’d love to hear them.

    1. Hi Jurriaan, thx very much for your comment. I thought your article gave very relevant practical tips. I would be happy to link to your full thesis if you have it online. If I have any tips to share they will be on this blog, so watch this space:-)

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