I like the thought, but the underlaying reason why we make sites accessible is to make sure everyone has equal access, and to make disabled users feel they don't need special treatment or 'help'. We want for them to be indepedant, not co-dependant. Making a site accessible should be a top priority, just as making a site usable. We should not make anyone feel that we are lending them a hand, but yet, that we are putting them at our level by making better design choices. It indicates that someone has 'fallen' and that they need helping up, it seems a bit patronizing. Personally, I like the vetruvian man the best, by Apple. Anyone know if that is free for the use?
Actually, come to think of it, the last commenter has some good points. People shouldn't need a 'helping hand' around sites or systems. Systems and sites should work equally well regardless of a disability. The fact that we need to add certain things for others shows that we aren't designing things particularly well (in my opinion.)I don't know if the helping hand idea can really be classified as 'patronizing' though... I don't think I agree with that. It is a nice gesture. Then, the wheelchair guy isn't patronizing either. I mean, it certainly shouldn't be!
Just one question – why is it showing a thumb up or approve sign? Is that somehow related to lending a helping hand?
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