Digital Accessibility

Need of the hour

What is digital accessibility?

In simplest terms – Accessibility means making something usable for everyone – including people with disabilities.

To be able to access the Internet & software applications if

  • you couldn’t see the screen
  • had difficulties hearing sound
  • had trouble using a mouse or a keyboard
  • had cognitive difficulties

Why do we need Digital Accessibility?

To ensure coverage

  • 15% people suffer with a disability (1 billion people)
  • 285 million people are visually impaired
  • 70 million people audio impaired
  • Highest no. of visually impaired in India across the globe

To help expand business

  • Expanding Business to wider customers
  • SEO – Search Engine Optimizations
  • Legal Obligations
  • Contributing to a cause

Legal / compliance

  • ACAA – Air Carrier Access Act 1986 (U.S.)
  • CVAA – Communications & Video Accessibility Act (U.S.)
  • IDeA – Innovative Designs for Accessibility (Canada)
  • ADA – Americans with Disabilities Act
  • AODA – Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
  • RPWD 2016 – Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act (India)
  • BITV 2.0 (Federal Ordinance on Barrier-Free Information Technology 2011 – Germany)

People focus – what it means to people?

  • Empowering

  • Independence

  • Confidence

  • Self-esteem

  • Equal Footing

How to achieve Digital Accessibility?

Using defined guidelines

  • WCAG: Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
  • ARIA: Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite
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