For persons with disability, an accessibility ‘fix’ can be worse than the flaws
In recent years, the popularity and use of automated accessibility web services has risen sharply because of advances in A.I. and new legal pressures on companies to make their websites accessible. But it is not working out that way, persons with disabilities have complained about these tools offering websites seemingly quick solutions to their accessibility problems while making it harder for people who are blind to navigate the web.
Patrick Perdue, a radio enthusiast who is blind, says he used to shop online for radio equipment before his preferred website’s new accessibility software made it harder— not easier — to navigate. ‘I’ve not yet found a single one that makes my life better, I spend more time working around these overlays than I actually do navigating the website,’ said Perdue