Global Access Awareness Day 2020 - Blog: Digital accessibility
Blog article by Frank Fleming on digital accessibility.
Thursday 21 May 2020 is the ninth Global Access Awareness Day. The purpose of the day is to get more people talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion for people with different disabilities.
In his latest blog, Frank Fleming, Manager of the Equality Commission's Advisory Services Team, looks at the issue of disability accessibility further.
"The coronavirus pandemic has had, and will continue to have, wide reaching consequences for businesses big and small. In the period of a few weeks, organisations have had to adapt quickly to different ways of manufacturing, distributing, retailing and providing goods and services.
There has been a huge increase in online shopping, which is likely to continue for some time. Businesses must ensure that their websites and apps are robust, easy to navigate and are accessible for disabled people and the elderly.
Unfortunately, that is not the norm. Research by the disabled charity Purple revealed that three quarters (75%) of disabled people had to leave a website because they were unable to complete a purchase due to their disability.