Global Accessibility Awareness Day – Why It Matters

Thursday 20 May is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The day perhaps doesn’t turn as many heads as National Doughnut Day or National Limerick Day (there was once a lass from Montrose, who knew there was one of those) but it is an important one, both for people with disabilities and for businesses and organisations that want their messages to reach everyone – and who doesn’t want that?

The tenth Global Accessibility Awareness Day is a chance for all of us to get talking, thinking and learning about digital awareness and inclusion.

In the course of working with groups and organisation who want to improve the accessibility of their digital tools and platforms, we find many of them have been mulling over the problem for some time. Most company owners know it is an issue they need to get to grips with and they want to do the right thing but fear it will be a big, expensive and unwieldy task that will take a lot of their time to fix.

We are here to reassure you that this isn’t the case – and that we can help iron out those issues simply and effectively, so you can be confident that everyone who interacts with your organisation online gets a first-rate experience.

Here at Dig Inclusion we are at the forefront of helping companies and organisations up their game when it comes to inclusion and accessibility. We understand the obstacles faced by disabled people in the online world and we know how to help businesses open their doors to the £249 billion per year the purple pound is worth to UK business.

You might have heard of our handy Hugr tool. If you are a project manager, designer, developer or a company owner, Hugr is a bit of a magic wand, if we say so ourselves. This free accessibility tool will give you savvy, simple, real-time support to help you get accessibility right, so please check out Hugr.

In 2020, WebAIM analysed 1m home pages for accessibility issues and found that 98.1 percent of home pages had a WCAG 2.0 failure, and there was an average 60.9 errors per home page!

The most common of these errors were:

  • Low Contrast Text 86.3 percent
  • Missing Image Alt Text 66 percent
  • Empty Links 59.9 percent
  • Missing Form Input Labels 53.8 percent
  • Empty Buttons 28.7 percent
  • Missing Document Language 28 percent

These problems can be real obstacles for people with visual or hearing impairments, or with motor or cognitive issues. The good news is that a lot of these glitches are fixable, and we can help. To find out more about how you can unlock your digital potential, you might want to attend one of the special events – from webinars, courses and panel discussions – organised for Global Accessibility Awareness Day events.

To find out more about how our Hugr tool can help your organisation can become digitally
inclusive visit Hugr.