Equity in The Digital Era – Advancing digital inclusion in Gulf region

Picture this: you’re sitting down to enjoy your favorite app, ready to connect with loved ones or tackle your to-do list. But before you even begin, I want you to try something. Close your eyes for a moment. Yes, go ahead, close them. Now, imagine unlocking your phone, navigating to your favorite app, and sending a message – all without seeing a thing. Feeling a bit challenged, right? Welcome to the world of digital accessibility.

In the bustling markets of the Gulf, where innovation and technology thrive, the need for accessibility is more pressing than ever. Every tap and swipe on our smartphones connects us to a world of possibilities. But for individuals with disabilities, these seemingly simple actions can be daunting obstacles.

Disabilities come in various forms, whether they’re behavioral or emotional, sensory impaired disorders, physical, or developmental. They can be permanent, partial, or acquired due to aging. However, the emergence of assistive technologies in recent years has been a game-changer, empowering individuals with disabilities to engage with digital spaces more seamlessly. To harness the full potential of these advancements, digital leaders must prioritize accessibility by adhering to best practices. By doing so, they can ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, can fully participate and benefit from the digital world.

Digital accessibility is crucial in Gulf countries for various reasons. Firstly, it promotes inclusivity by ensuring that technology is usable by everyone, including individuals with disabilities. Secondly, legal requirements and international standards mandate accessibility, aligning with principles of equality and human rights. Thirdly, it creates economic opportunities by expanding the market reach for businesses and increasing consumer engagement. Moreover, prioritizing accessibility demonstrates social responsibility and enhances the international reputation of Gulf countries. Additionally, accessible digital services improve tourism experiences, facilitate education and employment opportunities, and contribute to overall societal advancement. Therefore, investing in digital accessibility is not only a legal obligation but also a strategic decision that fosters inclusivity, economic growth, and social progress in Gulf nations.

At Deque, we’ve witnessed firsthand the impact of small changes in code, which can open up a world of opportunities for individuals who navigate the digital realm differently. From implementing screen reader compatibility to optimizing keyboard navigation, these tweaks can open up a world of opportunities for individuals who navigate the digital realm differently.

This journey cannot be undertaken alone. It requires collaboration and cooperation across departments and disciplines—a collective effort to embed accessibility into the fabric of our organizations and communities

That’s where Deque comes in. With our self-sustainable approach, we help companies make their digital platforms inclusive to everyone. Whether it’s conducting accessibility audits, providing training sessions, or offering ongoing support, we’re dedicated to building a digital landscape that leaves no one behind.

In the heart of the Gulf region, where diversity is celebrated and innovation knows no bounds, let’s come together to build a digital landscape that leaves no one behind. Accessibility isn’t just about compliance – it’s about creating a world where everyone has equal access to the wonders of technology. And together, we can make that world a reality.

Source: deque