The report claims almost two thirds of major websites in Ireland are not accessible to people with disabilities

Almost two-thirds of major websites in Ireland are inaccessible to over 600,000 people with disabilities, according to a new study.

The report from Inclusion & Accessibility (IA) Labs and the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) claims that three of the country’s five most popular social media platforms are non-digitally accessible, while four of the five food delivery apps are non-digital accessible are ticked “could not be used by a person with a disability”.

The research is based on an audit of over 40 websites and mobile apps “typically used on a daily basis,” according to the IA and NCBI.

It was also found that three of Ireland’s five most popular news websites are not digitally accessible, while only two of Ireland’s six most popular clothing websites are ‘usable’ by people with disabilities.

“Any person with a disability would be severely limited in the service websites they could use and would have difficulty completing basic, menial tasks online,” the report says.

“The fact that an entire customer base is prevented from accessing websites has clear consequences for companies.”

The report also warns that regulatory initiatives could catch up with companies that fail to make their websites and apps more accessible.

“The EU Web Accessibility Directive and European Accessibility Act are critical steps in creating digital and online experiences that are accessible to all,” said Kyran O’Mahoney, Chief Technology Officer at NCBI.

“Our research shows that in an economy and society that increasingly relies on digital technologies, people with disabilities continue to face barriers and obstacles. With this soon to become mandatory under EU law, businesses, organizations and service providers in Ireland must verify the compliance of their website or mobile app with the web content accessibility directives and take specific steps to ensure full accessibility.” The report claims almost two thirds of major websites in Ireland are not accessible to people with disabilities

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