Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) have been disproportionately affected by lockdowns and the forced digital migration caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Unless more effort is made to ensure web accessibility — how websites and apps are designed so that PWDs can use them — the work-from-home economy will further isolate PWDs, among which are 2.5 million Filipinos who are blind or with poor vision.
While the Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, or Republic Act 7277, mandates that government websites follow online accessibility guidelines, digital inclusion remains elusive in the Philippines.
We need your help to give PWDs a fighting chance to navigate these changing times with the help of technology through accessible websites and apps!
By signing this petition, you are taking a stand on the following:
- Envision an “Accessible Bayan” that supports and champions the digital needs of persons with disabilities.
- Encourage designers and developers to apply accessibility principles when they create websites and apps. Accessible websites and apps allow the blind to “read” a website or app or the deaf to recognize what it may be saying out loud.
- Ensure inclusion, equality, and empowerment through accessible websites and apps. Accessible websites and apps promote independence and improve the quality of life of PWDs.