When businesses disregard accessibility, they can expect to lose out on revenue.
One of the most frustrating aspects for me as someone with a disability is to encounter businesses that completely disregard accessibility. I wrote a post on how businesses can become more accessible, you can read it here.
As someone with a vision impairment, I am mainly looking for any print materials and web pages to be fully accessible.
I recently went to eat at a restaurant and as I usually do I went to their website to check the menu so I would be able to choose my order beforehand as I am not able to read the print menus. Sadly, the website only had a photo of the menu. T did not include any description and therefore was not accessible. I had to ask someone to read the menu to me while at the restaurant.I personally would not return to this place.
It is important to highlight businesses that are making an effort to be accessible to everyone. I recently found out that Starbucks started to provide menus in braille and in large print. This is an excellent step towards accessibility. Learn more in the video below.
Braille should not be thought of as a language. Instead, braille is actually a code. Braille is is a code made up of tactile dots. Each letter or number or punctuation mark or symbols in math and music is represented by a combination of raised dots. For example the letter (a) in braille is 1 raised dot.
Braille uses cells containing spaces for 6 dots. Dots 1, 2 and 3 are on the left column from top to bottom and dots 4, 5 and 6 are in the right column from top to bottom. A combination of dots are raised in each cell to represent each letter. To form the letter (a) in braille only dot 1 would be raised.
The image below shows the letter (a) in braille. The dot filled in black is the dot that would be raised on the page.
Braille is read by touch as the pads of fingers identify the dots so it practice to begin to recognize each letter and then entire words and symbols.
Braille can fill the gaps that exist between audio and print and helps those that are blind or have low vision have access to the same materials that are in print.
You may often find braille on elevators or even on or next to hotel room doors. I recommend the Brailliac: Braille Tutor available for Android and for iPads on the Apple app store as a great resource for learning braille.
My theme for the 2021 #AToZChallenge is life with low vision. I hope to give an overview of what is to be visually impaired.
Valentine’s Day is coming up and if you are looking for an accessible card for a friend or loved one in the blind or visually impaired community Amber from Braille Creations By Amber has just what you need.
She makes tactile greeting cards for all occasions that include messages in braille. Personalized gifts are the best and when you can make it fully accessible it is even better.
Here are some more of the custom cards with alt text. I still have more to do too! If you have someone you want to send a card to, but you’re not sure what you want to send, or you don’t see something in my shop that catches your eye, contact me! I’m always happy to get creative! pic.twitter.com/Zs6ZoE4ErG