covid-19 information for people with disabilities

User1st is Commitment to Support Critical Resources with Accessibility Software

Mar 26, 2020 2:13:00 PM

Washington, DC (March 26, 2020) – The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust the world into almost total online dependency for information, goods, and services. During this time of social distancing and self-quarantine, vulnerable populations (including those with disabilities) will need additional access to services to get through this pandemic. For some people, the internet right now is their only access to information.

“Digital accessibility is needed now more than ever for persons with disabilities because we are all heavily reliant on digital resources to receive critical information regarding the coronavirus,” said Walter Arnold, Chief Operating Officer at User1st. “All emergency services and nearly every industry in America has a COVID-19 resource page. In efforts to ensure accessibility of information to the most vulnerable populations, User1st is offering to donate our digital accessibility software and services for state emergency services and hospitals’ COVID-19 pages.”

The vast majority of websites are not accessible to persons who use a screen reader or keypad to navigate online information.

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Written by Raegan Bartlo