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Moving together: mobile apps for inclusion and assistance

Mobile “apps” have huge potential to help and liberate disabled people and the elderly, offering new-found independence through access to information and services on the move. But there is also the potential to further exclude people by creating technologies that are hard to access by some groups of people such as blind people using speech tools or deaf people using captions.

App developers may not know how to design accessible products. When combined with the gold rush mentality and the meteoric rise of the app – “anything goes, but get there first” –accessibility is very often ignored.  There are many ethical, social and legal reasons why this must not be ignored, and there are common sense business reasons too.

A One Voice for Accessible ICT Coalition report

‘Moving together: mobile apps for inclusion and assistance’ is the first in-depth attempt to analyse all the key issues relating to mobile apps for older and disabled people. The report, from the One Voice for Accessible ICT Coalition with sponsorship from BT, covers:

  • How people can access apps and mobile devices;
  • Tips for app developers;
  • Advice to managers at board level down on how they can make sure their organisation’s apps are designed to include as many users as possible.

The document is available as

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Seven steps to accessible mobile apps

Alongside the report, the One Voice for Accessible ICT Coalition is publishing its “seven steps to accessible mobile apps”. The steps apply to everyone, in as many situations and for as many users as possible.