In October, an important global agreement that could spell big benefits for European and UK blind or impaired vision book lovers. Accessibility expert and UKAAF board member, Michael Lewington explains why this matters to print impaired people.
Wasn’t accessibility a website issue we solved years ago? Accessibility expert Sharon Williams reminds us it just wasn’t – and is becoming more of an issue as brands keep updating their online offerings
June 29th, 2018 – Blind and partially-sighted customers of some of our biggest High St banks have been “locked out” of accessing their own money – ironically enough, thanks to banks redesigning their websites to be more user-friendly … and in what seems like a very poor joke, when one customer complained they were sent … a video! The revelations were made recently by a hard-hitting report by BBC Radio 4’s personal finance programme, Money Box [https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b0lwgl], whose main presenter, Paul Lewis, pointing out that, “Online banking is a service which everyone should be able to access, but Money Box has been discovering that blind people often can’t.” On the broadcast, BBC reporter Lee Kumutat (@leek005) spoke with a number of such affected customers, who reported a variety of problems but which had the same basic error – their access software and aids couldn’t cope with the changes that had been made … and in the words of one unhappy customer, “They think they’ve done a good job [but] from the point of view of someone who can’t see, it’s an appalling job.”
Read the full article here in Credit Control Journal, June 2018
Many blind and partially sighted customers have struggled to carry out transactions and view information online, thanks to recent redesigns to banking websites that didn’t consider their needs. This comes as no revelation to Jeff Mills, a board member of the UK Association for Accessible Formats (UKAAF), an industry association promoting accessible information best practice
UKAAF board member, Jeff Mills speaks to Document Manager Magazine. Read the full article here Article_JeffMills_UKAAF_DMMagazine