Can We Do More? Improving Accessibility Online – accessiBe

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Who of us is not grateful to have the use of the internet? We the use of the internet for so many things now and it has become an integral part of our everyday lives. We use it to check the latest scores in sports, to keep up to date on the latest news around the world, and to know what the weather will be like over the next few days. We can connect with people we never would have had the chance to, we can visit almost anywhere in the world virtually and take a tour around a city we have never been to. Yes, there are so many positives to having the internet, the world is literally at our fingertips. But is this the case for everyone?

The internet and those living with a disability

Unfortunately, it is not so straightforward for everyone living with a disability. Some disabilities can affect how people see, hear, understand, or use the internet. For some, a hearing impairment means any videos mean nothing unless there is sign language or subtitles available to assist them. For others, a visual impairment may mean they cannot read the information on the website, or they cannot see the images. Having audio descriptions, larger fonts or voiceovers may be necessary, depending on the individual. Others may need to be able to use only a keyboard to access the whole site as they cannot use a mouse. As you can see, there are many different ways that a disabled person may need help to be able to use a website but there are specialised companies like accessiBe that are there to help. So, how are you and your company doing in this regard? Is your website accessible?

Why step up and make a difference?

The most important reason is that it is the right thing to do. Disabled people are valued members of society and rightly expect to be treated the same as everybody else. They’re not looking for special treatment, just the same treatment as everyone else.

But this isn’t just about doing your part and giving everyone equal access. There are benefits to you and your company too. There are estimated to be over one billion people in the world right now who are living with a disability. A lot of these ones will struggle to access websites that have not made themselves accessible to their needs. Imagine the potential you have for growth and expanding your customer base if you make your website accessible to these ones. 

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Yes, this is a win-win, so get your website up to date today, making it accessible, helping the disabled community and yourself in the process.

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