Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day to raise awareness about digital accessibility and inclusion and to encourage tech companies, developers, and designers to prioritize accessibility in their products and services.
The 2023 theme, “Accessibility: For Everyone. For Every Thing.,” emphasizes the importance of creating an inclusive society where every person, regardless of their abilities, can access and enjoy digital content and services.
Accessibility is not just a legal requirement; it is a human right. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 15% of the world’s population has some form of disability, and many experience barriers to accessing digital content and services. This includes people with visual, auditory, physical, and cognitive disabilities.
How VIA: Visually Impaired Advancement Focuses on Accessibility
Here at VIA: Visually Impaired Advancement, we focus on the importance of visual aid accessibility. We provide rehab services for those adjusting to life with vision loss, training in visual assistive technologies like screen readers or Max TV goggles, and job coaching and work experience training.
VIA also offers a range of support groups for individuals with vision loss. These support groups provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to share their experiences and connect with others who are going through similar challenges.
VIA’s Impact on Digital Accessibility
VIA recognizes the importance of digital accessibility and provides resources and support to help individuals with vision loss access digital content and services. Our marketing team prioritizes ensuring all our platforms are accessible for those with low vision or using screen readers. VIA’s website includes features such as alt text for images, keyboard navigation, and high contrast mode to make navigating and accessing information easier for individuals with vision loss. Digital accessibility for mobile apps, websites, and other online tools is often overlooked, leaving many people at a disadvantage. A simple audit of a UIUX design can do so much change.
In conclusion, GAAD is an important reminder of the need for accessibility and inclusion for individuals with disabilities. VIA’s work is a testament to supporting individuals with vision loss and promoting accessibility and inclusion in all aspects of life. Whether through vision rehabilitation, low vision aids, support groups, or advocacy, we are committed to empowering individuals with vision loss and promoting a more inclusive society.