Guiding Principles

Archimedes researchers developed and adhere to the following six guiding principles:

  1. Everyone requires help in gaining and effectively using information, not only those individuals who have disabilities.

  2. In itself, information is neither accessible nor inaccessible; the form in which it is presented makes it so.

  3. To be disabled is not necessarily to be handicapped. Handicaps can often be removed where disabilities cannot.

  4. Handicaps often arise from decisions to design tools exclusively for individuals with the standard mix of perceptual and motor abilities.

  5. Designed access is preferable to retrofitted access.

  6. Solutions that provide general access can benefit everyone

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