Yes, AI Can Make Company Websites Accessible to All
Three takeaways from sitting down with accessiBe CEO Shir Ekerling.
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Most of us take Internet connectivity and accessibility for granted. As active members of the digital age (with an ever-growing number of people being born into it), the connected life has truly become a normal part of our every day. However, that is not necessarily the case for people with disabilities. As Brian Wang writes for Next Big Future, “Web design and other elements managed to build a wall between online platforms and those with disabilities, making them only half as likely to access technology and creating a significant data divide for more than 56 million people in the U.S. with a disability.” It’s an oversight that has neglected a powerful customer base by restricting its access to platforms due to limited navigation capabilities.
Business owners carry a responsibility to make their websites accessible to all users. It’s a matter of altruism — accessibility is the obvious moral position — but it’s also a matter of legality. Now is the time for public and private platforms to adapt, and the power of AI can help make that process easier than ever.
Shir Ekerling, co-founder and CEO of AI-powered web-accessibility tool accessiBe, has a history of establishing and scaling companies over the years, such as leading web design- and development-agency Ekerbase. But his current mission is making truly accessible internet an achievable reality for companies as a built-in component of their website’s infrastructure. I sat down with him to learn more about the issues surrounding web accessibility and what entrepreneurs are doing to solve it, and here are my top three takeaways from that conversation.
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