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Web accessibility: why is it essential
> WHY IS IT ESSENTIAL?
In an increasing digitalised society, more and more essential information and services are available online. To access them, persons with disabilities and older people require websites designed according to web-accessibility standards to operate correctly with their assistive technologies. Unfortunately, most of the websites, including public websites, do not respect those standards and a vast majority of the population is excluded from using them.
Meet Lars from Denmark: “I tried to access a government website that showed a short video on how elections work. I could not understand the video because there was no alternative video with a sign language version.”
Meet Helena from Poland: “Internet is great but I cannot access my bank account online because it is too complicated to log on to the bank website.”
Meet Stefan from Germany: “On the radio, I heard an advertisement informing listeners of how to check electricity invoices online. I was interested and went to the mentioned website. However, it was a Flash animation and I am blind so my screen-reader could not read anything and I could not pay my bills online, like anyone else.”