Skip to 0 minutes and 14 seconds Hello and welcome to this course on accessible interfaces. My name is Marcus Ophir. I’m a digital media creative and I specialise in accessible technology. In order for people to be able to use technology it must be accessible. Accessibility guidelines are important for all creative developers and technologists. If your website and mobile application aren’t accessible you are excluding a lot of people who need your technology. This is not a choice about the law. Looking at the potential impact of accessible interfaces, it is clear we need to make changes to how we design technology. One in five people in the world live with a disability. 2.2 percent have a very significant disability. I’m registered with Usher Syndrome and dyslexia.
Skip to 1 minute and 8 seconds Usher syndrome is a hereditary condition that affects your eyes and hearing. In the UK totally deaf blindness is about 374,000. But in terms of Usher Syndrome, there are about 9700 plus people who have it. In this course we will explain some of the things you need to do in order to make technology more accessible. What will you do on this course? You will have the opportunity to develop a basic user interface for a website. You will produce an accessible website for a specific audience. We will provide you with a template that you can work from and show you how you can make a website more accessible using simple programming.
Skip to 1 minute and 54 seconds After following the course, you should have a better understanding of the issues affecting people with disabilities when using technology. Accessibility should be about a total immersive and engaging experience. We all have our own independent personalities and characters. We all like to dress ourselves a certain way and enjoy life in a certain way. And I believe this should be the same for digital media and technology.