After many years advocating for digital inclusion along with auditing and remediating web and digital content so that it is accessible to people with disability, Media Access Australia is widening our scope of work.
Chat apps such as ‘Blappy’ help fill a gap when people are unable to communicate in a social setting with each other due to different disabilities, such as someone who is vision-impaired communicating with someone who is hearing-impaired. Yet while these types of apps offer impressive communication mechanisms, many features that are already built into smartphones can accomplish much of this without the need for a separate app.
Automatic accessibility checking tools are useful to broadly identify problems and start developing a plan to fix them, yet engaging human experts throughout the process is important to achieve the best results. Here are five great reasons why manual testing by accessibility professionals, alongside automatic tools, is necessary to ensure that your digital communications, websites and apps are as accessible as possible.