In today’s world, it is impossible to avoid use of the Internet. Despite its stark origins and initially-spartan purpose, the World Wide Web has become completely ubiquitous in modern life. Whether for business, for educational purposes, or simply for leisure, almost everyone across the globe uses the Internet, where possible.
That said, a sad fact is that the Internet is not always accessible to everyone. For some, barriers exist that keep them from using online content or resources. These can be physical disabilities or conditions, but they can include economic or cultural factors. To prevent or mitigate this, responsible nations would do well to lay out policies to make web content accessible to all their citizens.
Naturally, concerned parties would have several questions. What criteria are needed to devise such a policy? What countries have such policies to date? What is covered under the existing policy? These are the questions that this article aims to answer.Read more
Most people take being able to communicate without assistance for granted every day. There are people all over the world who are hearing, voice, speech, and language impaired, and it can be difficult for them to communicate their needs to others without using devices. Some people who are hearing, voice, speech, or language impaired were born with these disabilities and might not know any different. Others might have lost their hearing or ability to communicate due to illnesses, age, or even accidents.Read more
When designing a new website or updating it to adhere to the most up-to-date accessibility laws and regulations, there are many guidelines to follow. Making sure a website is accessible to all users, especially those with disabilities is important for a variety of reasons. Not only is it the law, but it can also be beneficial to a company. It allows them to have more visitors, make more sales, and obtain many customers for the long-term. Websites that are inaccessible to those with disabilities may not only hurt sales or the number of visitors but can, more importantly, be frustrating to its users.Read more
Today’s online environment, in the context of human history, is a thing of wonder. Never before in the span of human development has there been any invention capable of allowing people to converse instantly from across the globe. Our digital capabilities—to share content, entertain, educate, and conduct business—are unparalleled. Truly, we are all fortunate to live in a time such as this one.Read more
The Rehabilitation Act was put into place in 1973. It was one of the first major advancements regarding individuals with disabilities. Before 1973, there was definitely not an equal playing field for these individuals. They were often overshadowed because they were considered inferior to those without disabilities. Individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities were finally able to have a wide range of services at their disposal. Having a disability can interfere with employment, independent living, self-determination, and even inclusion in the American society. Something needed to be changed, and the Rehabilitation Act helped bring a little hope to other members of our society.Read more
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