In terms of online digital information the term ‘accessibility‘ refers to online content such as webpages being presented in a way in which they can be fully perceived and fully engaged with by everybody including people with disabilities.
Whether this means visually, aurally, cognitively or physically the user should be able to engage with the online content as it appears onscreen or be able to utilise an assistive technology to allow for full engagement in another way (eg a screen reader could read out text for people with visual impairments or video captions could be used to translate dialogue in videos for people with hearing impairments)
Content which is not accessible will not be available to everybody who might wish to access it and this may have the following consequences:
We are now going to start the actual learning part of this course by looking at some of the issues people with disabilities might face when accessing online services. We will accompany this with some of the strategies that they and content providers can use to ensure full accessibility for their digital information. We will start with accessibility for people with visual impairments.