Striving to remove barriers that prevent us from building Vibrant, Diverse, Inclusive, Accessible Communities!

 

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The internet's accessibility problem -- and how to fix it

Clive Loseby, a passionate advocate for website accessibility, shares his personal journey and compelling insights in a powerful video aimed at changing the digital landscape, one website at a time. Following a life-changing car accident, Loseby's dedication to accessibility stems from his firsthand experience with the importance of inclusive design. With a touch of humor and profound sincerity, Loseby draws attention to the ubiquitous yet often overlooked issue of website accessibility, likening it to the familiar annoyance of cookie banners. He adeptly highlights the stark reality faced by people with disabilities, illustrating how inaccessible websites effectively erect barriers akin to discriminatory entry requirements.

Loseby's presentation masterfully navigates the statistics and legal frameworks surrounding accessibility while maintaining a relatable and engaging tone. Through poignant examples and thought-provoking questions, he challenges viewers to reconsider their perceptions of accessibility and inclusivity. By elucidating the concept of accessible web design through tangible analogies, such as comparing websites to physical buildings, Loseby makes the complex topic accessible.

Central to Loseby's message is the notion of proactive measures towards inclusivity, emphasizing the role of audits and accessibility statements in fostering a more welcoming digital environment. He underscores the transformative potential of simple yet impactful gestures, like reaching out to users with disabilities directly through accessibility statements. Moreover, Loseby offers practical advice, such as the "Tab Test," empowering viewers to advocate for accessibility in their own online interactions.

In conclusion, Loseby's compelling narrative transcends mere advocacy, inspiring viewers to join him in the mission of removing barriers and fostering diverse, vibrant, and inclusive digital communities. With his rallying cry of "changing the world, one website at a time," Loseby ignites a call to action that resonates far beyond the confines of his presentation, inviting individuals and organizations to embrace accessibility as a cornerstone of digital citizenship.

This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxLukelyBrook, an independent event. TED's editors chose to feature it for you.

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Clive Loseby Clive Loseby TEDx Speaker
Striving to remove barriers that prevent us from building a Diverse, Vibrant, Inclusive, Accessible Community!

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