We are happy to announce that we have officially added closed captions to all 72 videos on our YouTube Channel. Why is that a big deal? To us, it’s an important first step in a larger process.
The internet is not new to us. It’s become such an essential part of our lives that we don’t even really think about its functionality, but not everyone has the privilege of interacting with the web without thinking about accessibility. It’s important to ask: What is using the internet like for people with disabilities? How do they experience the web differently? How can we improve our designs and practices to be more inclusive? And importantly, how can we turn our ideas for improving accessibility into actionable reality?
With all of those questions swirling around in our heads, we’re determined to find solutions, and that starts with taking action today. A shift towards improving the accessibility of our digital assets will require us to change how we approach our digital strategy. This shift may be a gradual one, but it’s one we are dedicated to making one step at a time.
Also known as eAccessibility, web accessibility is a set of inclusive practices that ensure everything on the internet is designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them. Simply put, it minimizes barriers to interaction with websites, software, and other digital media. It also aims to accommodate those using mobile devices and those with slow network connections.
The internet has become an essential source of information, and all people should have the right to access its services unimpeded. When sites are correctly designed, developed and edited, more users have equal access to information and functionality. This means addressing visual, hearing, motor, and cognitive impairments.
What We’ve Done
The first step in making our digital presence more inclusive was making the videos on our Youtube channel more accessible. By adding closed captions to all of our videos, we’re ensuring that people who are hard of hearing have equal access to our content.
This is just a small ripple in a large wave. Much more needs to be done to ensure that Archiact, as a brand and as a game developer, is more accessible to the community. We are determined to make these changes.
For more information on Archiact’s EDI initiatives, read our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.