Which way Global Accessibility Awareness Day for low-income countries?
Author Mugambi Paul
Its vital to put into context the experiences of persons with disabilities.
A critical analysis of what theory and practice mean in the low and middle-income countries.
At disability sausage media we believe accessibility is an essential aspect of inclusion and a lever for innovation.
As a public policy scholar, I believe stakeholders building in the accessibility world need to move from theory to practise so that persons with disabilities can be able to equalize opportunities and contribute to all spheres of life.
Guided by the UNCRPD and G3ICT policy and guidelines It can be done.
This is vital for human resource, legal and procurement departments.
Is your business model thinking and implementing accessibility?
Greater commitments are by ensuring all departments have a must do action on accessibility. For example, you need to ensure, before You Buy: Investigate Accessibility for
Before You Buy: Understand VPATs
Before You Buy: Evaluate Bids
Build Accessibility Obligations into Purchase Documents
We As disability sausage media say, ‘Nothing about us, without us,’ businesses too must include people with disabilities in the conception, development and execution of products and services, rather than just serving people with disabilities as a target market at the end of the operational cycle.
As we reflect in celebration of the 10th Global Accessibility Awareness Day how are we
ensuring low and middle-income countries have accessible search opportunities?
Every user deserves a first-rate digital experience on the web. Someone with a disability must be able to experience web-based services, content and other digital products with the same successful outcome as those without disabilities. This awareness and commitment to inclusion is the goal of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a global event that shines a light on digital access and inclusion for people with disabilities.
How many unemployed persons with disabilities are able to log in and register in your organization websites and access?
Are we check boxing matters accessibility or employment opportunities?
Can they access low-cost internet services?
State of Accessibility
In 2020, WebAIM analyzed one million home pages for accessibility issues and found the following:
According to Web AIM Million Report
- 98.1%Home Pages With At Least One WCAG 2.0 Failure
- 60.9Average Number of Errors Per Home Page
Causes of Most Common Accessibility Failures (% of Home Pages)
Low Contrast Text86.3%
Missing Image Alt Text66%
Missing Form Input Labels53.8%
Missing Document Language28%
Population Affected by Inaccessibility
From both a civil right and a business perspective, people with disabilities are underserved by today’s digital products.
I affirm this is even worse in many global south websites!
I opine 1 Billion People Worldwide Have Disabilities
People who are blind need alternative text descriptions for meaningful images and use the keyboard and not a mouse to interact with interactive elements.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing will need captioning for video presentations and visual indicators in place of audio cues.
People with motor impairments may need alternative keyboards, eye control or some other adaptive hardware to help them type and navigate on their devices.
An uncluttered screen, consistent navigation and the use of plain language would be useful for people with different learning disabilities/impairments.
Accessibility Removes Barriers and Unlocks the Possible
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The views expressed here are for the author and do not represent any agency or organization.
Mugambi Paul is a public policy, diversity, inclusion and sustainability expert.
Australian Chief Minister Award winner
“excellence of making inclusion happen”