Disabled people typically need assistive devices and applications to use computers. In addition, most websites are improperly configured for accessibility. Web accessibility platform accessiBe has found that out of 10 million web pages it surveyed, 98% all pages fall short of compliance.
Because of this, disabled people are less likely to use technology and access the internet compared to those without disabilities. The disabled simply miss out on the benefits that the technology now provides. This has become even more of a concern as the coronavirus outbreak rampages throughout the globe. The pandemic has prompted governments to enforce lockdowns, forcing businesses and services to shift their operations online and people to stay at home more than ever. Imposed social distancing regulations have made life even more challenging for the disabled. With limited access to the internet, they risk becoming more isolated.
Fortunately, this important matter has not escaped forward-thinking ventures like accessiBe. The company looks to promote inclusion and wider web accessibility by making it easy for businesses and site owners to make their sites standards-compliant through artificial intelligence (AI).