Much of the information around us is in digital format. Computers, notebooks, mobile devices, and the internet are a part of our lives. It is therefore important that digital content be accessible to as many people as possible.
Digital content also needs to be made accessible. Images on websites, for example, need to have alternative text so that the screen reader can read it. A movie should be captioned for individuals with hearing impairments. Web accessibility standards ensure that individuals with disabilities can access web content. In an educational setting, principles of Universal Design of Learning ensure that the information taught is made available to many different types of learners.
Some individuals will require the use of dedicated assistive technology (AT) devices. The world of mainstream and AT, however, are merging! Accessibility features are built into some mainstream devices so that persons with disabilities can use them more effectively. AT devices need to work with mainstream devices. For example, a screen reader used by a person with visual impairment needs to be compatible with the latest computer operating system. Individuals may use a combination of AT and accessible mainstream devices to meet their needs.
Please refer to our blog posts below to find out more about existing issues, recommendations and articles related to digital accessibility:
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