Natural Disasters Encourage Web Accessibility Discussion
Africa, Disaster, September 25 2017
PROVIDENCE, RI: The recent natural disasters of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have refocused the discussion on the need for universal web accessibility, particularly for those with a disability.
Persons with disabilities need to have access to inclusive online apps and resources that not only keep them informed of weather conditions, but also offer them a means to communicate in the instance that they are stranded and need assistance or rescue. While some apps, like the one developed by the American Red Cross, still need work to make the user experience universally accessible, other groups, like FEMA and others organizations around the world, have made important strides in tackling accessibility issues in the realm of disaster preparedness and relief.
Some are developing apps to aid humanitarian and rescue workers create accommodating environments for those with disabilities. Others are creating a means by which those with hearing or visual impairments can communicate effectively with aid teams.