One in eight people in Ireland are currently living with a disability. As the population ages and grows, so will this number, and inaccessible online services block them from participating in critical everyday activities. Although Irish and European accessibility laws exist, organisations should take the initiative to have accessible platforms not just because of legal requirements, but simply because it’s the right thing to do.
Regardless of a user’s disability, they should be able to access any website, mobile app, or digital experience independently.
A Digital Day in the Life of a Person with a Disability in Ireland reveals whether or not this is actually the case. This report calls attention to the current state of digital accessibility in the websites and applications we use most often throughout the day. These services facilitate our most basic daily activities, such as checking bus schedules, catching up with friends, or browsing shops online. If someone is unable to find information about their bus route or cannot read a friend’s text message because they must use a mouse to click on a link, that service is inaccessible.
For the most accessible version, please download and open the index in Adobe Acrobat.