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Accessibility, New Technology & the Aging Baby Boomers

Accessibility isn’t just for the blind or deaf. Accessibility is for everyone. Our eyes, ears, and motor function won’t improve with age.
David Spira, Product Strategist
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Accessibility isn’t just for the blind or deaf. Accessibility is for everyone. Our eyes, ears, and motor function won’t improve with age.

By 2020, the elderly will outnumber those over the age of 5, and Baby Boomers will make up 15% of our population, and of those Baby Boomers 68% of them have multiple electronic devices. Organizations can’t afford to ignore the growing need this part of the population has for accessible digital platforms. And when those numbers are combined with the fact that 1 in 10 Americans has a disability, the importance of improving accessibility becomes a business imperative.

At this year’s DrupalCon in Baltimore, MD, Catharine McNally and I will be discussing how accessible design improves usability for everyone, while also increasing SEO and market size for every website which matters more now than ever.

With a technologically competent and aging Baby Boomer population, we are expecting previously unseen numbers of users who will demand accessible experiences, and we can help you understand how to create them.

In our DrupalCon talk we will provide our audience with:

  1. An updated understanding of what accessibility is and whom it is for
  2. An experience of websites through a screen-reader on a non-compliant, as well as a compliant website.
  3. A time and budget-saving method for creating closed captions.
  4. Information about the long-term benefits of accessible design to improve web experiences for all users
  5. Insight into the great opportunities and requirements for voice control
  6. Updates about the upcoming / new Section 508 Refresh and how it may impact your work.

You can register for our session here and if you are going to be at DrupalCon Baltimore and would like to talk to me or Catharine about accessibility, please reach out to us and let us know: @dbspira@cmcnally

David Spira

Product Strategist