With the evolution of technology, new tools are becoming more and more available for higher education learning. These tools can be very beneficial in most cases, but inaccessibility is a barrier as it is with many websites and digital platforms.
Read WAI’s mobile accessibility guidelines. These guidelines will help website developers make their sites easier to access by people with all disabilities.
For many individuals who are visually impaired or blind like me, the iPhone (or similar smartphone) is a lifeline which is used for everyday tasks as well as for recreational purposes.
Rose is a Public Relations Specialist volunteer at WeCo. Rose understands the challenges of accessibility because she experiences them each day as a blind person.
Lynn’s story is important because it helps us to understand why it’s difficult for web designers and engineers to grasp the needs of people with cognitive disabilities.
I manage WeCo’s social media accounts through my laptop with JAWS screen reader and my iPhone 5C with VoiceOver screen reader.
Helping everyone, from organizations to members of the public, understand WHY accessibility is vital to people living with disabilities and HOW it works, is part of WeCo’s mission. That’s why we’re launching The Face of Accessibility public awareness campaign.
Those of us who work with end users who live with disabilities, including knowledgeable web and software engineers, understand that, in many cases, simply coding or programming a website or software product to meet a “technical provision” doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work for a disabled end user. “Functionality,” or the ability for the user to actual put the website/software to use in their daily lives, is the key.
Having limited use of my hands makes it difficult for me to type so that is why I use typing splints, sticky keys, and speech recognition software when accessing the Internet.
Kate, a Certified Test Consultant (CTC) at WeCo, who has a hearing disability, relies on visual elements and captioning when accessing the Internet.