Accessibility should not be an optional extra. Accessibility should be easy, it should be constant, it should be second nature.
If your website contains accessibility issues, this prevents people from being able to use your website. This can remove a person’s independence. It can be an invasion of privacy. It can be an indignity.
This is even more poignant during the covid-19 pandemic as many disabled people are still shielding due to increased risk of severe illness.
The need to improve digital accessibility has been highlighted further during the pandemic. For many, websites have served as the only means to communicate and engage with culture during the last 18 months.
What is accessibility?
Accessibility can often be understood differently by different people and in different contexts. I am using the word accessibility to mean that no one is excluded.
When a website is accessible it means that people can achieve what they want or need to. It means that they can achieve a task in a similar manner and in a similar amount of time whether they have a disability or not.
Digital accessibility makes it easy for people to use websites and digital products regardless of the technology or devices they use to access it.
Accessibility and the arts
Over the last few years arts venues, museums and galleries have endeavoured to make their physical spaces accessible. However, nearly every arts organisations’ website is still inaccessible to some degree.
Art has the power to transform lives, yet arts organisations’ websites are excluding people. Accessibility issues are preventing disabled, visually impaired and D/deaf users from accessing art and culture online.
Accessible by Design exists to change this. We believe that the arts should be accessible to everyone whether in-person or online.
Get in touch
If you have any questions about digital accessibility at your organisation get in touch. We’d be happy to help. You can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org