How do we make this world a better place for persons with disabilities. The PWDs are very much a part of the society and excluding them from everyday practices is not kind. You could be in their place! When a person grows old or faces an accident, they may find themselves in a vulnerable position. With ageing, you might get low vision or an accident might take away your hearing power.
There are some people, who are born without the power to hear or see clearly. How do we include them in our society? Digital accessibility is the answer. The purpose of digital accessibility is to make technology accessible for all. You may have seen how your grandpa struggles to read the text on the phone or laptop screen. He calls you for help because he cannot read or is having discomfort in his eyes.
Think about a person who is not literate. They may be having a poor financial background and that’s precisely why they never went to school. Everyone deserves to reap the benefits of technology.
Here’s what we can do to make it inclusive:
- Add captions to complex images.
- Adding color contrast
- Color should not be the ONLY cue for understanding the content
- Using alt texts for non-text type of content and images.
- Making the keyboard accessible for blind users or people with motor disabilities.
- Get expert opinion from accessibility audit.
- Accessibility should be a part of your research. Make it a part of your design!
In a nutshell, accessibility should be embraced on a daily basis. Make it a part of the research design from the first stage itself. This will help you save time and money! This is not an emotional approach. There is a concept known as equality. If everyone is not able to use technology the same way, then there is a case of inequality.
The ‘Nobody Gets Left Behind’ Approach
Approximately 20% of the world population is dealing/surviving with disabilities. It is not by choice that they are living this way. We need to apply the ‘nobody gets left behind’ approach because people need to be self-sufficient. As your parents grow older, you cannot be around them 24*7. How do they order things they want from an online store? How do they pick up groceries? How will they pay utility bills?
To make them self-sufficient, technology needs to be inclusive. So, make technology usable for everyone and hire experienced content creators and developers for the job. When a group of digital developers sit down to create a mobile application or a website, they must make it user-friendly and something which is accessible to all. Group A may consist of individuals with perfect vision. However, there are some people who do not have the strongest eyesight or have severe vision impairments.