The COVID 19 pandemic has forced everyone worldwide to remain isolated in their homes. The quarantine has left us all heavily reliant on the internet for entertainment, employment, and, most importantly, getting information. Like most of us, we rely on this information to stay heavily informed so we can make the best decisions. This is good, being able to get information instantly helps to keep us all informed. However, the problem is that many organizations and small businesses have begun posting updates for quarantine. But, these updates are usually not accessible. A typical example I’ve seen is business adding reservation plugins or website alert-banners that haven’t been tested for accessibility. Not being able to get access to these updates, mean their virtually useless. Another example is how we’ve all resorted to online shopping, but most of these shops are inaccessible. How would you feel if you couldn’t purchase your products off of amazon, hand sanitizer, or mask from the comfort of your own home?
The internet shouldn’t be another limitation, especially for disabled people who are already facing adversity. The internet should be a source of independence and equality for all. Like a wheelchair that leaves people wheelchair-enabled, the internet should be a tool to allow others to be internet-enabled.
The solution is to begin building these websites with accessibility in mind. An accessible Web can help and encourage disabled people to take interest more effectively in the world. This benefits not only people, but businesses, and even society.
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