A Word About Making Websites Accessible

Making websites accessible by those with disabilities, including those people with visual impairment, is a challenge being met by web designers and developers. In its infancy, the world wide web was being developed primarily BY ‘sighted’ people and for ‘sighted’ persons.

In today’s world, those with impaired vision have the capability to access the internet, to browse, to shop; to social network and do research. Those with impaired vision can access the internet with the use of screen readers and voice synthesizers on their computers.

One of the pieces of accessibility that I came across is offered via the website: www.nvaccess.org.  According to their website (from the United Kingdom) they offer a free download for those people who are visually impaired or blind by which it is possible to use the internet.

Here is what their website offers – in its own words:

“NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerised voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard…NVDA can also convert the text into braille if the computer user owns a device called a “braille display”.”

If you or a loved one has visual challenges, you can visit Nvaccess to learn more about the organization; the free download and about how they use Donations.

 

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