?As a result of COVID-19, people have been pushed to use online resources more than ever? to communicate, shop and tap the information and interactions we all depend on to live our lives the fullest,? said AT&T Director of Privacy & Compliance Kris Watts. ?As a company dedicated to human progress through technology and communication, AT&T supports GAAD?s mission to raise awareness and practical knowledge about how to make the digital world inclusive to all.?
In its eighth year, GAAD shines a light on the fact that people with disabilities are underserved by many of today?s digital products, and it highlights a critical area of opportunity. ?We support GAAD because designing accessible online experiences is the right thing to do,? said Kris. ?And, it makes sense to do so from a business perspective. With roughly one in four adults in the U.S. living with some form of disability, the impact to our customer base is significant.?
Web designers, developers and UX experts can greatly impact the future of inclusion online, but Kris believes it takes commitment at all levels for organizations to successfully address these challenges. ?Building accessible products and services takes collaboration across a business, and continued, ongoing support from leadership is critical to the success of these efforts,? he said.
It also takes vision. ?Digital accessibility is a journey not a destination. While no organization is perfect, what is important is to remain committed to continually learning and improving our processes and approach as we work toward inclusion for all,? Kris said. ?We believe accessibility can and should be built into the work that we do and applied in such a way that it becomes ?business as usual? for us and our customers.?
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