Digital Accessibility

Is a key concept in creating more diverse and inclusive companies. The business case for digital accessibility – both in terms of attracting more diverse talent, including employees with disabilities, and increasing the base of disabled customers – is increasingly recognized by companies worldwide.

Neil Milliken, Head of Accessibility & Digital Inclusion at Atos, on how digital accessibility can create more inclusive labour markets which fully include persons with disabilities.

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Neil Milliken on digital accessibility for an inclusive world of work

These guidelines cover a wide variety of recommendations for making web content more accessible. Following these guidelines will make content accessible to people with a range of disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. Following these guidelines will also often make your web content more user-friendly in general.

Panel discussion at the ILO Global Business and Disability Network’s annual meeting 2017, with representatives from Accenture, IBM, Business Disability Forum, Atos and Barclays

Digital accessibility is ensuring that persons with disabilities are included in the digital space and any barriers they may face are removed so as to ensure that they can be independent and feel empowered in this space. With the current COVID-19 crisis, the digital environment is at the forefront of business operations and corporate culture, even beyond communication. It is important therefore, that companies ensure that persons with disabilities as employees, clients, customers and suppliers are able to access it fully.