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Improved disability access a welcome sign

More social media companies are recognising the need to make their services accessible for people with disabilities.

Twitter announced last week that it’s forming an accessibility team aimed at making the platform as inclusive as possible, providing enhancements for the vision impaired.

Alex Varley, CEO of Media Access Australia, said that leading social network and technology providers are embracing the accessible web as they recognise the growing market to serve.

“We are now seeing the rapid mainstreaming of accessible technologies after many years of dedicated lobbying for the rights of people with disability to be provided with digitally inclusive apps and technologies,” Varley said.

“The media and information consumption experience of those people with disabilities is improving rapidly. We are seeing an explosion of incredible new technology and apps designed to improve the lives of people with disability,” Varley added.

Apple also announced an accessibility upgrade to its Safari browser that will enable web developers to easily include video captions for different operating systems, and improved its web speech software, letting developers to create voice-driven web apps.

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Gina Baldassarre

Gina Baldassarre

Gina is a journalist at Dynamic Business. She enjoys learning to ice skate and collecting sappy inspirational quotes.

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