Digital inclusion statement

It is the declared intent of both the Government and the Opposition that they want all UK citizens online by 2012. Everybody means everybody, including all blind and partially-sighted people. The majority is not enough.

Therefore, those driving forward the digital inclusion agenda need to understand how blind and partially sighted people use computers and what their specific needs are. If they are excluded from the digital society, they will not be able to take full part in society at all in the future.

Any website that is inaccessible or difficult to use with assistive technology, and any information downloadable from websites that is difficult to use with such technology is a barrier to blind and partially sighted people.

The British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB) is a lively community of blind and partially sighted people. We offer independent support and advice to blind and partially sighted computer users, and actively encourage people to take their first steps with technology.

We are also here to give you the knowledge you need to make sure blind and partially sighted people are brought online with the rest of the citizens of the UK. We welcome the opportunity to work with any individual or organisation to ensure that blind and partially sighted people are represented fairly as we move towards a networked nation.

Léonie Watson, BCAB chair