The importance of assistive technology services has never been greater.
As mentioned, with standards such as WCAG 2.1 and Section 508, there is no longer a reason to exclude users with disabilities. The Internet has matured. Technology has matured. By ensuring compliance with the standards, every person has the ability to access more information than any other time in history. Every person has the ability to perform everyday functions such as banking, shopping, and research from their homes and on their mobile devices.
Because of this, the era in which we are living affords every person the greatest freedom and autonomy that has ever been possible.
Some of the services that were traditionally and exclusively carried out by physically visiting a business are now exclusively performed virtually.
When businesses, schools, and governments provide virtual services, there are often barriers in place that prevent certain people from enjoying these conveniences. These barriers exclude populations with disabilities.
The standards, which were created as a guide for assistive technology services, are in place to enable businesses and organizations to make considerations addressing digital barriers. When barriers are eliminated, assisstive technology services and devices empower users to successfully navigate and utilize the digital resources that many people take for granted.
It truly is time to be inclusive.