Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
At Outware Mobile, we believe in the ability of mobile software to positively impact everyone’s day-to-day lives. Our ethos is to create products that are intuitive, effective and engaging and to do this it means that all users from all sorts of backgrounds and circumstances should be included and considered when we are working on projects.
Currently, 1 in 5 Australians have a disability or limiting illness that restricts a person’s ability to function in daily life. These disabilities can include a spectrum of impairments across vision, hearing, physical and motor skills and learning and literacy. For all businesses providing services to the public and especially Government departments, it is essential to consider what these disabilities mean for your product and incorporate features that support access.
We are the first to admit that not all of our projects offer a complete set of accessibility features, but we are committed to continuously having these conversations with our clients and incorporating more accessibility options into our apps into the future.
Our recent work on the RentRight app, where we adapted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) for web to native mobile apps is an example of us moving in the right direction.
It is important for Outware Mobile to be a member of the Apple Consultants Network and have team members as registered Apple Accessibility Consultants. We think the responsibility of considering accessibility should be spread across our entire team from designers, developers, test analysts and project managers and the network gives us an ability to skill up our team, stay ahead of the curve in new advancements and better prepare us to talk to our clientele.