The accessibility issue is an ongoing one. As the world continues to develop and move forward, there are always new ways to then look at the world and see if accessibility is keeping up. Unfortunately, it often isn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I know there have been great strides in say, the last century, to consider the needs of those living with a disability. This is fantastic, but it is also as it should be. A person living with a disability should never be made to feel that they are being left out or left behind because of their disability. This should be unacceptable to all of us, whether we live with a disability or not. Fortunately, companies like accessiBe are helping the world of accessibility catch up with the rest of the world.
As we’ve said, a lot of advancement has been made. You could be wondering what more could be done. For those living with a disability that affects their mobility, we see plenty of evidence when we are out and about that shows that consideration for these ones has been taken. For example, we will see ramp access into buildings; we will see sidewalks slope into the road when there is a crossing; we will see wider door access, automatic doors even. We will see buildings with clear signs leading to disabled toilets, along with elevators to every level. Yes, although there is still room for improvement, it is now much easier for a person living with a disability that affects their mobility to be able to get out and have the same access to places as everyone else.
But what about while still in their own homes? Ok, aids and adaptations can be made to help a person with a disability to get around their home. But this is not what we are talking about. Many of us take for granted the fact that we can access the website freely and easily, gaining any information we want with a few clicks of the buttons. But for many with disabilities, this is not the case. They may struggle to see our webpage, to hear any videos or voiceovers. They may be overwhelmed by the use of colours, or they may not be able to use a mouse and your website is set up with a mouse being essential to navigate it. These are just a few of many potential issues a person with a disability might have when using the internet.
As mentioned above, there are companies that can help with this. They can provide the software your website needs to make sure it Is accessible to those with accessibility needs.