The Human Story of Digital Accessibility
How many times have you Googled recipes because you’re stuck on what to make for dinner? And how many times have you reached for an actual, physical cookbook instead? Have you ever bought something and thrown away the instructions because you’ll remember how to manage it, only to realize months later that you do not remember? Luckily, today you can look up the instructions online in a heartbeat.
Technology has become integrated into our reality, and for many people, it has brought a lot of benefits. We can quickly access information, stay in touch with our loved ones, buy whatever we need without having to take the time to visit a store in person, and so much more!
Imagine watching a video on your phone or the TV, but the speaker is not working. Or your screen has cracked, and you can only hear the audio. Would you be able to experience the video the same way as someone with a fully functioning device? Probably not.
Now imagine finding yourself in a situation where in theory, you can do all the things mentioned above, but in reality, you either can’t, or the experience isn’t as easy for you as it is for others.
Take a moment to think about how this would impact your life if that was your everyday. At first, it might not seem like a big deal, but over time you could get frustrated. You might not be able to keep in touch with your loved ones, or maybe you couldn’t access information on your own; online shopping would become much more complicated if you can’t see the screen, and if you used to enjoy watching videos in your downtime to unwind and relax, this might no longer be the case.
Many of us take technology for granted, but for people with disabilities, the online world can be a frustrating and isolating experience. The lack of accessibility to digital assets can lead to feelings of exclusion and discrimination. Although there is the world-famous phrase “life’s not fair,” we don’t believe that should be the rule in the digital world.
At CMG Digital, we believe accessible digital assets should be a fundamental aspect of the digital world. We’re committed to promoting equity and inclusion through our audio content and encourage others to do the same. By working together, we can make digital technology a more human experience for everyone. So, the next time you’re designing a website, creating digital content, or developing an app, consider the needs of people with disabilities. By making your digital assets accessible, you’re not only providing equal access to information and services but also showing that everyone is valued and respected in our society.
You can read more about CMG Digital’s views on digital accessibility here and here, and learn more about overall inclusivity here.
Let’s work together to bring humanity back to digital!