Accessibility

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Accessibility is the word used to describe equal access for people with disabilities to any environment, movement, information or communication. It means that a person with a disability should be able to use a product or service to access society at the same level as a person without a disability.

Examples of accessibility include:

  • Buildings that have access ramps for people in wheelchairs or motorised scooters
  • Close captioning on television and subtitles on DVD's for people who cannot hear
  • Sign language that allows deaf people to communicate other people
  • Braille for people with a vision impairment to help them read books
  • Modified computer software and hardware that allows people with a disability or disabilites to access the Internet and use a personal computer

The word accessibility is used in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, mostly in article 9.

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