Design for Social Accessibility Method Cards

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Method Overview

Design for Social Accessibility (DSA) Method Cards is a card deck designed for teams of design practitioners to mediate useful interactions between themselves and disabled people, while enabling designers to center their design work around disabled people’s perspectives. This card deck also serves as a way for designers and stakeholders to critique existing technologies.

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Getting Started

You will need:

Materials:  DSA methods card deck

Participants: A group of disabled and able stakeholders

Steps: (Design for Social Accessibility Method Cards in Use ):

  1. Start with “getting to know you” cards in the deck to introduce a workshop or group discussion. 
  2. Read aloud cards to ask useful questions that will help lead people through their ideas and pain points. 
  3. Use other cards in the deck to prompt contexts from real-life scenarios to initiate conversations.

Further Reading

Kristen Shinohara, Jacob O. Wobbrock, and Wanda Pratt. 2018. Incorporating Social Factors in Accessible Design. In Proceedings of the 20th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS ’18). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 149–160. DOI:


Kristen Shinohara, Nayeri Jacobo, Wanda Pratt, and Jacob O. Wobbrock. 2020. Design for Social Accessibility Method Cards: Engaging Users and Reflecting on Social Scenarios for Accessible Design. ACM Trans. Access. Comput. 12, 4, Article 17 (December 2019), 33 pages. DOI:

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