I’ve begun to hear rumblings in the press, on blogs and through word-of-mouth of a so-called ‘accessibility backlash’.
“…Owners of some small businesses feel that ‘the DDA has gone too far’!”
“…Some web developers believe that too much emphasis has been placed on blindness and partial sight at the expense of people with other impairments!”
I am so happy to hear this.
During my 12 years at RNIB I coordinated national campaigns to raise awareness of web accessibility. The aim was simply to get accessibility onto the business agenda. It thrills me to now learn that industry representatives are finally responding to accessibility, and with such passion. Industry figures aren’t merely aware of web accessibility. They’re now arguing about it!
Every piece of press that offers comment on accessibility – good, bad or indifferent – presents those in the ‘accessibility movement’ with a golden opportunity to:
* correct misunderstandings
* explode myths
* share good practice tips and case studies
* promote the business case for accessibility
While there is a backlash accessibility will remain on the agenda. So let’s be sure we contribute to the debate at every opportunity. The greatest threat to the accessibility movement is lack of passion. Passionate debate will bring about change.
A ‘disability backlash’ is very good news for disabled people. Long may it continue!
Julie Howell, Fortune Cookie