Archimedes researchers developed and adhere to the following six guiding principles:
- Everyone requires help in gaining and effectively using information, not only those individuals who have disabilities.
- In itself, information is neither accessible nor inaccessible; the form in which it is presented makes it so.
- To be disabled is not necessarily to be handicapped. Handicaps can often be removed where disabilities cannot.
- Handicaps often arise from decisions to design tools exclusively for individuals with the standard mix of perceptual and motor abilities.
- Designed access is preferable to retrofitted access.
- Solutions that provide general access can benefit everyone
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