Accessibility

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In a D&I context, the “ability to access” the functionality of a system or entity and gain the related benefits. The degree to which a product, service, or environment is accessible by as many people as possible. Accessible design ensures both direct (unassisted) access and indirect access through assistive equipment and technology (e.g., computer screen readers, self-opening doors, elevators for multiple levels, raised lettering on signs and entry ramps). Universal design ensures that an environment can be accessed, understood, and used to the greatest extent possible by all people.