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Visual Impairment And Digital Literacy

A challenge for millions of people with a visual impairment is effectively using the internet for everyday living. Therefore it is vitally important to increase web accessibility and digital literacy for the visually impaired in order to create healthy communities.

Facts About Visual Impairment and Internet

In Canada, approximately 7 Million people identify as having a sight loss or a disease that could cause sight loss. In the United States, approximately 12 million people 40 years and over have vision impairment, including 1 million who are blind, 3 million who have vision impairment after correction, and 8 million who have vision impairment due to uncorrected vision.

All around the world, the internet continues to transform how we connect with others, organize the flow of things, and share information. With its growing influence on individual consumers and large economies alike, the internet has become an increasingly vital part of our day-to-day lives.

How To Make Internet Browsing Easier For The Visually Impaired:

Check out myvision.org’s internet accessibility guide for excellent tips on internet browsing for the visually impaired.

  • Increase the font size of the operating system
  • Use tools that magnifying a specific part of the user experience
  • Implement Screen readers
  • Install voice-activated user interfaces
  • Switch to full screen on browsers to hide distracting menus
  • Use Clear Language
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