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The Importance of Digital Accessibility for People with Disability

Digital accessibility is the practice of making digital content, such as websites, apps, and media, accessible to people with disability. It’s not just a matter of compliance or legal obligation, but a moral imperative that benefits everyone.

In this post, we’ll explore some of the challenges and solutions related to digital accessibility for people with different disabilities.

Person who is blind / person with vision impairment:

A person who is blind / person with vision impairment faces multiple barriers when accessing digital content. For example, screen readers may not be able to interpret images or graphics without proper descriptions or alt text.

To make digital content more accessible, designers should follow best practices such as providing clear and concise text descriptions, using high-contrast colors, and avoiding unnecessary visual clutter.

Person who is deaf or hard of hearing

People who are deaf or hard of hearing may rely on captions or transcripts to access audio or video content. However, many websites and apps still do not provide these options or provide them inaccurately.

To make digital content more accessible, designers should include captions into videos, avoid slang and jargon, and provide transcripts for all audio content.

Person with mobility disability

A person with mobility disability may have difficulty using traditional input devices such as a mouse or keyboard.

To make digital content more accessible, designers should consider alternative input methods such as voice commands or keyboard shortcuts. Websites and apps should also be designed to be navigable using only a keyboard, with clear and consistent layouts and labels.

Person with cognitive disability

A person with cognitive disability may have difficulty processing complex information or remembering instructions.

To make digital content more accessible, designers should use simple and clear language, provide visual cues and feedback, and organize content in a logical and predictable manner.

Person with photosensitive epilepsy

A person with photosensitive epilepsy may be triggered by flashing lights or certain patterns, which can cause seizures.

To make digital content more accessible, designers should avoid using flashing or flickering content, use slow and smooth transitions, and provide warnings for any potential triggers.

Digital accessibility is essential for ensuring that everyone can access and benefit from the digital world. By following best practices and designing with accessibility in mind, we can create a more inclusive and equitable online environment for people with disabily.

About Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the importance of digital accessibility for people with disability. Held on the third Thursday of May, GAAD has been celebrated since 2012, and its goal is to promote digital accessibility and inclusion for all.

The idea behind GAAD is to get people talking, thinking, and learning about accessibility and how it affects people with disability. The event encourages individuals, organisations, and governments to consider everyone’s need in their online and offline activities.

To learn more about this event, visit accessibility.day.

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