Make Technology Work for Everyone: introducing digital accessibility

Posted on 19. May, 2015 by in Business, Community, Featured

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This short animated film provides
• A short introduction to digital accessibility,
• Some reasons why digital inclusion is important,
• 15 tips to help you start making your digital technology more accessible, usable, and inclusive.

See more at: www.citizensonline.org.uk/accessibilityt­ips

Stroud’s James Beecher from Fix the Web said: “Digital technology provides amazing opportunities and has great emancipatory potential – so it’s a travesty that those opportunities aren’t routinely accessible to everyone. But sadly, even when people are interested in the topic of making technology as accessible and usable as possible, they often don’t know how or where to start. That’s why we’ve come up with these 15 tips. We really hope this animation will help people understand what digital accessibility is, why it’s important, and how to take some steps toward improving their digital technology.”

Why is this important? A large section of the population is disabled in some way – over 15% have some form of impairment. The level of online effectiveness and satisfaction experienced by people with disabilities is significantly lowered when the needs of these users are not taken into account. For instance, it is estimated that at least 80% of websites fail to meet minimum requirements for accessibility.

The video is a collaboration between the steering group of Stroud’s Citizens Online’s, Fix the Web project (http://fixtheweb.net/), the Digital Accessibility Centre (http://digitalaccessibilitycentre.org/), and Dig Inclusion (http://diginclusion.com/).

About Philip

Director and Co-Founder of Stroud Community TV

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