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Common misconceptions about accessibility

People who are blind don’t use the Internet.

False. The only difference between people who are sighted and those who are blind is their vision. People who are blind participate in the world in every way like everyone else – they simply require accommodations for equal access. Braille, audio cues and other modifications allow people who are blind to participate equally. The Internet is no different; they use screen readers, keyboards and other assistive technology to access information. Unfortunately, if not coded for accessibility, these screen readers don’t work. It is this type of exclusion that can lead to legal action.

People with disabilities comprise a very small portion of the population.

False. According to the World Health Organization, between 15% – 20% of the world’s population are disabled. It is critical that we widen our view of what “disability” means. The range of disabilities are more than blind, deaf or immobile – people with color blindness, low vision, dyslexia, those who suffer from seizures and a range of cognitive disabilities impact the ability of individuals to consume digital content.

To achieve digital accessibility, you need to redesign your website.

False! AudioEye is solving technology issues with technology, remediating issues of accessibility on existing websites without altering the form or function of a site and helping companies mitigate risk. From Day 1 the AudioEye technology begins to identify and fix the most common issues of accessibility –all behind the scenes. AudioEye goes beyond accessibility to enhance usability for all site visitors, but especially aging populations with low vision, the nearly 1 in 10 people with dyslexia, and anyone who better understands information by listening rather than reading – the AudioEye Toolbar – addresses these and a range of needs.