When we think of accessibility, we likely think of ramps and slopes, elevators and wider aisles, disabled toilets and hand rails. This is definitely a part of making places more accessible and making the lives of disabled ones easier. But is this all that we can do? No, it is not. There are some, like accessiBe, who have already been asking this question and taking a proactive approach, working on solutions.
There are so many disabilities so what might help one person will do nothing to help another. Thinking a ramp will solve accessibility for everyone is flawed thinking. We need to be thinking bigger and considering the needs of individuals, not taking a ‘one size fits all’ approach to accessibility.
This is also the case when we are talking about online accessibility. To be able to access a website, the assistance required can vary greatly. For example, some may have a hearing impairment. They may generally be ok with most of the site but need subtitles when watching any videos. On the other hand, someone else may be unable to use a mouse and require everything to be accessible through the keyboard. Still another person may struggle to follow or understand the web page due to its structure and layout. You get the idea? And there are so many more issues that could affect the accessibility of a site to someone.
Unfortunately, because disabilities vary so greatly, along with the ways that we can provide assistance, it puts some people off trying, either because they feel overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, or because they reason they can’t help everyone anyway so what is the point in trying? If either of these is you, I have great news for you. You can do your part to help those living with a disability without having to feel overwhelmed at all. There is already available to you software that can do all of the work. By simply uploading it to your website, it will scan your website for any possible accessibility problems, and it will make the changes needed to make sure it is accessible for all. It is fast, it is totally hassle free and it is cheap.
No disabled person should ever be made to feel that they have been excluded or discriminated against for their disability. It is up to all of us to make sure they don’t feel that way. So, if you haven’t already, can you do your part to help us achieve accessibility for all?