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Inclusion and Diversity promotes Accessibility. Is this true?

  • 21 September, 2021
  • Reading Time: 10 min

Introduction

Today we live in a world where accessibility matters. With the surge in digitalization, there is a dire need for digital technology that doesn’t exclude users with disabilities. Here, inclusion in accessibility becomes a pivotal factor of interest and talk point of the hour. But integrating accessibility seems like a daunting task for many companies. Implementing an accessibility model in your business requires a great amount of consideration and the right set of accessibility testing services to ensure that your products are usable by people with disabilities. The services that can be used by everyone promote inclusion. Hence, the question here arises about the importance of accessibility in terms of diversity and inclusion.

For a better understanding of the subject matter, it becomes quintessential to understand the meaning of Digital Accessibility and its importance in detail. 

 

Digital Accessibility

Digital accessibility is the capacity of a web, portable application or electronic report to be effectively explored and perceived by a wide scope of users , including those users who have visual, auditory, cognitive or psychological inabilities. In short, it means accessible for all. 

When we have found trend-setting innovations like AI and MI, Don’t you think each user merits a top-notch computerized insight on the web? If the user is disabled, they also ought to get access to electronic administrations, digital content, and other computerized items effortlessly. The message of inclusion in diversity should be engendered to an incredible degree.

In many nations like the USA, a digital accessibility act has been passed that gives enactment and admittance to accessibility to ALL the citizens. Additionally, a change to the United States Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508, likewise expresses the advancement of data innovation that can be available to individuals with disabilities. Truth be told, The Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) of 2010 alludes to the fabrication of products and services that can be used by people with disabilities swiftly.

 

Importance of Digital Accessibility

There can be umpteen number of reasons why accessibility concur? Yet, other than that, it is central that individuals with disabilities should equally enjoy all the rights as other citizens of the country.  Additionally, the  United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities likewise expresses that access to data and technology is an essential right of any resident. At the point when we look into ourselves to plan for accessibility, we tend to believe that it can create a plethora of opportunities for people with disability.

Needless to say, as a resident, it is our duty more than the obligation to guarantee that everyone gets equivalent access and freedom. Even The Web Accessibility Initiative states accessible design amplifies user experience and fulfillment, with accessibility permitting everybody the capacity to see, communicate, explore and comprehend content online, across circumstances and gadgets.

Here, when the role of designers comes into the picture to design accessible digital solutions. Even such solutions get appreciated and celebrated in Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). To facilitate the process, various tools are available to promote accessibility among people with disabilities.

 

Ways You Can Help and Support Accessibility

Are you willing to join hands for the noble cause? Well, there are a number of ways where you can show your support by participating in various activities. Some of them include –

  • In-person events
  • Virtual events
  • Webinars
  • Game jams

Hence to lubricate the Philosophy of inclusion in accessibility, we celebrate Global accessibility awareness day. This year it falls on May 20, 2021. Well, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)  embarked to spread the idea of accessibility for all and spread the message that inclusion and diversity promote accessibility. The sole aim of GAAD is to initiate the talking and learning about digital access and inclusion to more than one billion people with disabilities. GAAD quarries all developers, designers, and content creators to join hands and contribute to a greater extent towards accessibility and inclusion for all people with disabilities.

After all, it follows the adage – One person can make a difference, and everyone should try. It is also incredible to witness the growing popularity of this day, where people from all over the world are willing to participate and celebrate the notion of accessibility.

 

Conclusion

Therefore, accessibility is the need of the hour and only way to embellish diversity and inclusion. We at Magic EdTech also proudly celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day every year with zest and zeal. We out rightly believe that we can make services easy to use for all by creating awareness of accessibility. As part of the celebration, we motivate and encourage others to be part of the movement. We always try to transform the way of thinking, sharing information, and promote specialized developments and education for everyone.

Together, we can create history. We should always try to fabricate the best solutions for all. 

WRITTEN BY

Tarveen Kaur

Accessibility Practice Lead at Magic EdTech, Tarveen is actively engaged in building new class digital accessibility solutions for education.

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