There are some issues that we may know need addressing, but we see other people having a go and feel that is enough. We don’t see how we can contribute, and so we sit back and let others give it a go. Sometimes, unless an issue affects us personally, we don’t see the importance of it. There are, however, companies like accessiBe that are pushing for change.
Unfortunately, this is the case when it comes to disabilities. We may see that builders now add ramps to buildings, architects include plans for disabled toilets on each floor, elevators to every level, and we mistakenly assume that all that can be done to help those living with a disability is being done and there is nothing we could contribute.
The truth is disabilities come in many different forms and so does the type of help that person might need. Each disabled person is still an individual with their own set of needs and requirements. They have a unique set of circumstances. I have two disabled members of my own household, but their needs are very different. What one finds easy, the other struggles with, and vice versa. So, adding ramps and wheelchair access to buildings and even every level of a building is not seeing the individual needs of those with disabilities.
While there is still work to be done in the outside world, there is also much to be done within people’s own homes. Yes, the internet is a big part of our lives now. All of us likely access the internet a number of times each day to do a variety of things, whether it is keeping in touch with friends, working, booking a holiday, checking the news, checking the weather, the list goes on and on. But just as some disabilities may need that help to access a building, some disabilities need help to be able to access and use the internet to the same extent that others are able.
So, is this an area we can help with? Do you own a website, or are you maybe thinking of setting one up? If you are please consider the importance of making your website accessible to those living with a disability. Especially is there no excuse when you realise just how easy it is to do. There is software that can be added to your website that will detect any areas that could prove to be an accessibility issue for some, and it will fix the problem there and then. It does all the work for you. So, get your website accessible today and play your part in making the world an accessible place.