Low Vision Support Group has been a long time staunch and avid supporter of universal, accessible design on the web. Our members know first-hand how frustrating assistive technology can be. LVSG appreciates the value, benefits, and empowerment that IWA presentations offer people: an enjoyable user experience for those who deal with a variety of visual, auditory, motor, sensory, cognitive, and neurodiverse; “alt abled” , etc. impairments. Inclusive, talking web presentations are the best investment and the organization can make on their website.
For anyone who struggles to navigate, use, and even enjoy the internet, we are confident that you will find Chris Lona of CL Design’s innovative approach to web design a breath of fresh air! IWA has essentially taken web accessibility best practices to the next level !
Q: Why is IWA Needed?
A: Because THIS is big tech’s idea of an acceptable solution…
30 seconds to a new perspective: Microsoft Online Accessibility
Existing Microsoft accessibility page compared to an alternative. A person has three barriers before accessing the first: 1. acquiring screen reader software…
About Chris Lona, Principal Designer, and Owner CL Design
After a brain tumor in his final year of an Architectural degree program required him to wear an eye patch, Chris established CL Design. Visual impairment and 20 years of design experience have given him a unique perspective on accessibility and inclusive design. In addition to strategic branding design capabilities, CL Design specializes in treating people like people with inclusive web accessibility.
How IWA empowers users on the web:
IWA not only bridges many accessibility/usability gaps, but it is poised to raise the bar on user experience for the frequently overlooked consumers with cognitive, sensory-motor, dexterity, and/or physical impairments on the web. LVSG nicknamed them “Smart sites”: just like our smartphones, smart TV’s, smart cars, etc,
IWA addresses and empowers many accessibility barriers:
People losing their vision have several barriers before going online: buying the screen-reader/magnifier software; installing it; and configuring it. Out of the box, many of screen readers require significant customization, commonly requiring help from a sighted helper to customize the settings to one’s needs.
People who are deaf, hard of hearing, and/or Deafblind, contend with no or incorrect descriptions or captions on images that allows the screen reader software user what the image is. LVSG likens this to “auditory garbage”. Imagine a robot reading outloud every punctuation / formatting marks, web developer coding and every other extraneous sound mixed into the content that you WANT to hear.
People with physical/ mobility/dexterity/neurodiverse challenges must remember and use different key combinations depending on the browser they are using to control the screen reader settings. IWA’s keyboard commands require simple and straight-forward single-key commands.
The result is a PEOPLE-CENTRIC DESIGN that empowers and treats people like people while online.