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Web Accessibility for the Blind

October 29, 2010

The Association for the Blind has an excellent website section on Web Accessibility, found at this URL:

I chose this resource because it is an excellent place to start looking when trying to make a website accessible for those with disabilities.  Also, they make the point that websites that are formatted for those who use assistive technology are also beneficial for users on cell phones, those whose monitors do not have color, and those who have slow internet connections.  Since an aim in this course is to strive towards greater accessibility, it is good to have the resources that this site provides at hand.  For example, they list tips and tricks, usability research findings, and information about using social networking websites, such as Facebook.

Considering that I am blessed to have good vision, after a little bit of zapping with lasers in LASIK, I cannot begin to imagine all the issues that someone who is vision impaired would have with accessing the internet.  A site like this is a great guide in point out things that I am lucky enough to not have to learn for myself, or would ever think that would be issues.  For example, captcha elements in websites make it impossible for vision impaired individuals to use those websites without a person’s aid.  So, while they keep spammers out, they also keep out people who cannot see.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. rosemh1981 permalink
    October 29, 2010 10:24 pm

    Sophia, thank you for sharing this resource. You make a good point that if we use this resource we are making it easier for everyone else to view it also. A worthy standard to strive for.

    Thanks, Matt

  2. kcannarozzi permalink
    October 29, 2010 11:31 pm

    This is a wonderful resource. I am very glad that the Internet is accessible to those with disabilities. I believe that they need the connection it provides more than the average citizen does. I worry about my steadily declining vision and take comfort in knowing that I will not have to give up reading and learning should my eyesight deteriorate beyond the ability of eyeglasses to remedy.

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