Covid-19 highlights accessibility importance

28 Mar 2020

Digital accessibility more important than ever as there we see an significant increase and a reliance on the internet, especially those less able following Covid-19.

Digital accessibility technology company AAAtraq, says that reliance on the internet will increase following Covid-19 and that meeting digital accessibility guidelines will be more important than ever for US organisations.

Covid-19 is having a dramatic effect now, with many more working from home and relying on the internet for connecting with loved ones, home deliveries, education, and entertainment. It has been estimated that (add numbers coming out of the US).

But as the effects of the virus subsides, the working landscape may change forever, with home working becoming normal and more acceptable than ever before, especially as technology develops to support collaborative remote working.

“These trends will only serve to add emphasize more how digital accessibility is now more important than ever for those with visual and hearing disabilities within the US society,” said Lawrence Shaw, CEO of AAAtraq.

Currently around 60 million people in the US have some form of hearing or visual disability.

Around 12 million people aged 40+ years have vision impairment, 1 million of whom are blind. Moreover, by 2050 9 million people in the US over the age of 40 are predicted to suffer from vision impairments that cannot be corrected.

Approximately 48 million Americans are thought to have some degree of hearing loss. And these numbers are likely to get progressively worse over the coming years with the 12.5 percent of children aged between 6 and 19 experiencing a degree of hearing loss due to listening to music on ear buds at unsafe volumes.

“Complying with digital accessibility regulations is currently poor in the US with 94% of websites failing,” continued Shaw. “But website owners need to wake up to the new environment and be willing to recognise that not everybody who uses their websites and apps are free from disability.”

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About AAAtraq

AAAtraq is an automated compliance identification management system that allows organisations to understand their existing level of accessibility non-compliance risk exposure, and then work towards full compliance through a managed process.

As well as a personalised pathway to compliance, subscribers receive an AAAtraq ‘accessibility rating’ badge that can be displayed on websites warning those looking to take legal action that they are working towards digital compliance. Complementary insurance—currently for US-based organisations—with up to a US$50,000 benefit limit from global carrier BRIT adds further protection.

AAAtraq assesses current levels of risk, provides guidance to demonstrate reasonable adjustment and enables ongoing certification. A complementary ‘risk profile’ is accessible immediately online, helping any organization to quickly understand if their website is currently compliant and the precise level of risk they face.

A monthly subscription service provides access to AAAtraq’s full managed service, which offers an automated approach to achieving ongoing compliance. This includes: a guided methodology and full digital supplier management, AI based training and education for developers and content producers, to ensure they understand their responsibilities; benchmarking and KPIs to measure improvements.