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Those WCAG Forgot: Designing for the Cognitively Disabled

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Alie Richardson 

 The World Wide Web Consortium promises that the WCAG 2.0 guidelines “will make content accessible to a wider range of people” and “work together to provide guidance on how to create more accessible content (Caldwell et al.)” and in some ways this is true. WCAG 2.0 does make the web accessible to a wider range of people. It also provides guidance on how to make the web more accessible for people with cognitive disabilities; but it is just that, merely Priority AAA guidance. But the required success criteria are primarily designated for individuals with sight, hearing, and motor impairments, while those for cognitive impairment typically remain priority AAA criteria that may or may not be implemented.

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