MICROLINK & DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY
One of the most significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the rapid acceleration of our global, society-wide dependence upon digital resources. With home-working and online communication becoming ubiquitous, the need for proper digital accessibility has become critical. Microlink has been the UK’s leading provider of assistive digital technologies and accessibility solutions since 1992. As such, we have an unparalleled understanding of the barriers which disabled people face when trying to use digital assets. Lead by our highly experienced and innovative Digital Accessibility Consultant Dr Neil Rogers, Microlink’s Digital Accessibility team will provide all the help you need to make your organisation’s digital resources accessible and inclusive for everybody.
WHAT IS DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY?
Digital accessibility is the process of ensuring digital technologies, services, and resources, such as websites, mobile apps, ebooks and documents are:
- Designed with the needs of disabled people and additional needs in mind.
- Flexible and can be customised and personalised to meet individual needs.
- Created so that they are compatible with Assistive Technology (AT), such as screen readers and compliant with recognised accessibility guidance and regulations (Lexdis, 2021).
WHAT MAKES MICROLINK’S DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY SOLUTIONS UNIQUE?
Microlink boasts thirty years’ worth of experience in supplying assistive technology and accessibility solutions to disabled people in education and the workplace. From this we occupy a unique position to offer a wealth of expertise and understanding on the needs of disabled people, particularly with regards to the use of digital assets. Our digital accessibility services do the heavy lifting for you, whether you need web, mobile or document formatting in isolation or in combination. From requesting a quote through to delivery we provide a tailormade service to provide your operation with precisely what it needs. From identifying flaws
in the accessibility of your digital materials in their current state through to consulting on and delivering the most appropriate solutions, we will guide you through the process. We offer a rigorous auditing process, applying internationally recognised standards (WCAG-EM). During these, our highly trained professionals thoroughly test user journeys through your digital assets, from log in to form entry to product purchasing and beyond. For web assets we test your resources in five mainstream browsers: Opera, Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari. For mobile operating systems and apps, we test in both Android and iOS. Throughout our testing we make use of Assistive Technology such as screen readers to ensure compatibility and ease of use for individuals requiring the use of such software.