For the month of May, which also marked the fifth anniversary of Global Accessibility Awareness (GAAD), we’ve got to witness efforts over North America for greater access for persons with disabilities and a more inclusive online experience. Here’s a recap of what has been trending in the accessibility domain.
#Access4All: Campaign to Promote Universal Accessibility in Canada
This week’s accessibility stories illustrate the continual innovation and push necessary for technologies and legislation surrounding accessibility. With recent publication of vision loss predicted to double and a demand for a more accessible Canada, the need for accessibility throughout technologies, legislation, and communications is anticipated to also be prevalent with regard to business strategies and agendas of companies and government organizations.
When consumers join forces to share their voice, powerful things can happen. The use of crowdsourcing has helped businesses and organizations gain momentum and leverage many accomplishments towards a more accessible North American marketplace.
The goal for equal access to information and the path towards an accessible society is made prevalent in this week’s accessibly stories. Both public and private organizations are illustrating their commitment to accessibility with advancements in technologies and usability features. This week we are sharing a few organizations that make accessibility a priority.
In light of Valentine’s Day this past week, our weekly roundup features stories that touch the heart and perspectives on why accessibility needs to be prevalent in today’s affairs for consumers who are blind, print-restricted, or have low vision.
This week’s weekly roundup of T-Base Stories acknowledges the importance of businesses to provide online goods and services that are accessible to consumers who are blind, have low vision, or are print-restricted. Not only is it required by certain accessibility legislation based on geographical location, but it just makes good business sense to provide equal access to goods and services. We also touch on equal employment opportunities that help to reduce barriers. Read further to see which stories we’ve chose to highlight this week!
When students are given the tools and assistance to achieve in an academic environment, they are better equipped to successfully complete their degrees. When students who are blind, deaf-blind, or partially sighted are given the tools to help reduce barriers in the education sphere, they are better equipped with the resources to study alongside their sighted peers.
This week’s weekly roundup of T-Base Stories highlights the importance of technological tools and resources in order to assist people who are blind, print-restricted, or have low vision the access to information relating to their personal and leisure affairs. This includes accessible websites to be able to access products and services online as well as assistive technologies that help with user experience. Companies such as Apple and MasterCard have acknowledged the viability of such technologies for consumers who are blind or with low vision.
Today we celebrate World Braille Day in order to honor an alternate format invented by Louis Braille that has been one of the most widely used forms of communications for people who are blind, deaf-blind, or partially sighted.
For hundreds of years, braille has assisted with enabling people who are blind, deaf-blind, and partially sighted to proceed independently with their personal affairs whether it is to make informed decisions regarding leisure, financial, or democratic affairs.
Since our specialization is in accessible communications for blind, low vision and print disabled customers of financial, educational, telecommunication, healthcare, and government industries, we have reached out to our knowledge base and was provided with an answer by Penny Leclair. Penny is a member of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians, Consumer Access Group (CAG), and CNIB as well as the President of Guide Dog Users of Canada.