Inclusive Design Guidelines

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NOTE: The entire Inclusive Design Guide can now be found at

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Inclusive Models

  1. Use Model
  2. Inclusive Design Guidelines
  3. global and component specifications


The Inclusive Design Guidelines are broken up into four sections:

  1. Insights
  2. Practices
  3. Tools
  4. Activities

The Insights describe the broad ideas and defining values of inclusive design. Each Insight includes links to one or more Practices, which describe specific ways you can put the principles of inclusive design into action. Each Practice includes links to a number of available Tools you can put to use in your inclusive design process. Finally, the activities describe interesting and fun ways you can apply the guidelines and learn more about inclusive design.

The guidelines are not meant to be followed in any particular order. You can begin wherever it makes sense for you, your team, and your process. You can make your way through the guidelines by following links between each of the sections, or you can follow the guidelines in the order they are listed in the table of contents.

You will find that these guidelines focus somewhat on the process of digital design. However, it is our desire to broaden their scope to be applicable to the design of services, of the built environment and of physical products, as well as processes like workshops, meetings, conferences, and even how we interact with one another on a daily basis.

These guidelines should be usable by anyone, not just those working in “official” roles as designers or developers. They are and will remain a work in progress. The concepts and methods captured within them are ever-evolving as we all learn more about how to design inclusion into all that we do.