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This blog is written by Sean Phelps, our inhouse Accessibility Consultant, as he celebrates one year of working in accessibility with Hable.

In this blog, he reflects on his first year with us, shares some findings from a recent accessibility survey and gives details of how to contact him if you’re looking to make your organisation more accessible.

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Today is #PurpleTuesday a massively important day for raising awareness of the value and needs of people with disabilitiesI’m also coming up to year in role as an Accessibility Consultant, so thought it would be a good time to share some of my thoughts so far…

I gained an interest in accessible tech during my time at Microsoft, working on a programme encouraging others to demonstrate accessibility tools to customers. With this interest, I was drawn to Hable by their clear values and seeing an Accessibility Lead on the Senior Leadership Team, something most smaller organisations don’t have, showing how important it is to Hable.

 I started as an accessibility consultant, eager to learn more about such an interesting area. Accessibility is about allowing everyone to fully participate and contribute in a situation where they otherwise wouldn’t be able to. Understanding the importance of accessibility, alongside knowledge of accessible technologies, creates a more inclusive environment and gets the best out of everyone. 

The current state of accessibility

In general I feel we are heading in the right direction, with more people starting to understand the importance of accessibility, but there is still a lot of work left to be done. At Hable we launched a survey earlier this year to find out more about people’s understanding of accessibility. One of the interesting things we found is that only 22% of people put captions on their videos and 32% make no accessibility precautions whatsoever.

The importance of this ties in with another piece of research from Ofcom which shows 7.5 million people in the UK watch videos with captions onOf that 7.5 million, only 1.5 million were deaf or hard of hearing. Accessibility is for everyone, and small changes can have such a big impact on your organisation, allowing you to reach more customers and create an inclusive work environment for your employees.

The future in terms of inclusion and accessibility at Hable looks bright, but we are still looking to do more as we work towards becoming a Disability Confident Leader.

I’d like to finish this post with a quote from the Business Disability Forum that really resonated with me and shows the importance of considering accessibility in everything you do: 

“Without accessibility you are excluding people with disabilities, the largest minority group in the world that anyone can join at any time” 

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    Make your organisation more accessible

    If you are looking to start your accessibility journey we can help with workshops, resources, and even specific disability 1 to 1 sessions. Feel free to reach out to me at sphelps@hable.co.uk to find out more and watch our accessibility video below to hear about some of the great things we are doing at Hable. 

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