How can we Fix the Web?
Many disabled people have a problem using websites (accessibility) because they haven’t been made with inclusive design in mind.
Laws, international standards and specialist training help, but these “top down” solutions appear to be limited.
The idea with Fix the Web is to find solutions using the power of the network.
Our current focus is to get problem websites reported on a very large scale, with help and advice for website owners. We can do this using thousands of online volunteers who will increase their own knowledge and skills in the process.
Want to help or find out more?
- Please read these documents for more information;
1 page Fix the Web and Fix the Web mapping the way forwards
1page_Fix the Web and Fix the Web Mapping the Way Forwards
- You can give your feedback on the feedback page
- You can subscribe to the feed and email me (gailATcitizensonline.org.uk).
I need all kinds of help especially from techies.
- There’s a poll to vote in (top right)
- When I’m off track in any way please feel free to kindly educate me!
For a repository of all sorts of information on assistive technologies and accessibility see AbilityNet’s Gate
A bit about the coordinator…
What I currently mean by e-accessibility is ensuring that people with illness, injury or impairment (including older and disabled people) can make full use of the internet and are not hampered by badly written websites. But I am by no means an expert in e-accessibility- I work for Citizens Online, a UK national charity focussed generally on digital inclusion. Nominet Trust have sponsored us to investigate this idea through the course of 2010.
I believe in the power of the internet to make positive change and it bothers me that the internet is not fully accessible and that “top down” efforts don’t seem to have made a great deal of impact (though let’s be clear they need to continue and be improved). So I’m hoping to bring passion, project management and people together to see what we can do – its called Fix the Web.