ADC’s PUEDA project attends Digital Accessibility talk
In the Code For All Summit, a meeting that brings the global civic tech community together, the Association for Civil Rights (ADC) took part in a lightning talk on the right to digital accessibility. The event was opened by María Sol Abichain, ADC project officer, while Emiliano Naranjo and Gabriela Toledo, experts in accessibility and members of the PUEDA – For an Accessible Digital Environment collaboration table, also gave presentations.
In her short talk, Abichain highlighted the importance of understanding accessibility as essential to guarantee rights and recounted the activities of the PUEDA campaign: “We aim to explain the meaning of digital accessibility through websites, educational platforms, and virtual meetings, all of which are accessible.”
In turn, Naranjo elaborated on the need to vanquish the barriers that infringe on people’s rights in the virtual sphere, such as the absence of sign language interpreters, image description and clear and simple language.
He also stressed the need for engagement: “Accessibility in websites, applications and platforms ensure that anyone can exercise their fundamental rights, such as those to work, to health or to education. This is vital if we are to build a fairer world and citizenship.”
To conclude the meeting, Toledo reviewed the principles of accessibility and its link with usability: “The users of a page must be able to browse it with autonomy.” She went on to explain how a validation process is done to verify if a web page complies with W3C international standards.
If you missed the talk, you can watch it by clicking here.