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"Adobe promotes inclusivity with color accessibility tool for at least 700,000 people with CVD."

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7 min Read Time | February 25th 2022

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What impact do Adobe's inclusive design tools have on people living with color blindness?

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Written by: Atakan Gümüşbaş

Company: Adobe Systems

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"Adobe promotes inclusivity with color accessibility tool for at least 700,000 people with CVD."

Color blindness, also known as color vision deficiency (CVD), is the inability to differentiate between specific colors, and it is officially considered a disability1. It affects roughly 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 women (0.05%) in the world3. Worldwide, about 300 million (Mn) people live with CVD, accounting for roughly 4% of the global population3. Although CVD is often considered a mild disability, two-thirds of people with CVD report feeling handicapped3.

Adobe is a leading software firm that specializes in digital marketing and communications6. It provides customers with tools to help them generate and distribute their digital content6. As of 2022, the company operates in 26 countries6.

Adobe launched the Inclusive Design Exchange initiative in 20187. Inclusive design refers to a "human-centred or user-centred design methodology that provides a framework to understand the needs, wants, and limitations of end users"5. This way, the company promoted inclusive design and accessibility with their products and aimed to reduce inequality for people living with disability8.

In 2020, the company released its Color Accessibility Tools, providing an accessible platform for people with CVD to design without the handicap of CVD8,10. This new feature enables users to check their themes against the three most common types of CVD: Deuteranopia, Protanopia, and Tritanopia4 through its freely accessible website9. Adobe is among the few and first companies that implemented this feature4.

Adobe has reached roughly 26 Mn subscribers in 20212. Considering nearly 4% of the global population is with CVD, Adobe opens up a new inclusive space for more than 1Mn people to design unaffectedly by CVD3,10. This website can reduce inequality in the design sector for at least 700,000 people who feel handicapped and underserved due to CVD3,10.

Overall, Adobe promotes inclusivity for disabled people by following the inclusive design policy and providing them with new accessibility tools.

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