People with Disabilities
Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speech recognition software that makes it easier for anyone to use a computer and allows users to communicate comfortably in a way that works for them.
The Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure project envisions people with disabilities having a profile in the cloud that stores their accessibility technology requirements allowing people with disabilities to access online devices already set with their preferences for accessibility characteristics. For more information, read the FedInsider.com article “The Next Accessibility Wave Is In The Cloud”
As the Federal election approaches, disability advocates are asking for accessible voting. A Federal Court Judge will hear testimony about how to make city polling sites more accessible for people who use wheelchairs or have vision impairments. Read more about the challenges that people with disabilities face when voting.
In a study conducted by Google in 2008, it was found that there are more deaf and hard of hearing users with access needs in the US than all of the Internet users in Spain!
How would the loss of your hearing affect you on the Internet?
There are three types of auditory impairments, any of which can be caused by accident, illness, environment, heredity, aging:
Pull up your favorite website, close your eyes, and imagine trying to use it. Yes, that is extreme, but users users with disabilities face serious challenges trying to use inaccessible websites. Vision disabilities affect website users in different ways depending on the type and severity of the disability. The good news is that we can make it significantly easier for users by following some accessibility guidelines.
You've probably known people, maybe a neighbor or a co-worker, with a reading disabililty or attention-deficit disorder. So you know how users may struggle to write down information (e.g., fill out a form) or comprehend the information on web pages.
Ensuring That Users of All Abilities Can Use Your Product
A product that is technically accessible might still be unusable, especially for people with disabilities using assistive technology. Accessibility testing involves measuring the ease in which users can complete common tasks on your website.