What is Accessibility?
The term web accessibility refers to the computer systems’ ability to deliver services and provide usable information, without discrimination, also to those in need of assistive technologies or special settings due to specific disabilities.
The importance of Accessibility
According to the last World Health Organization’s Disability Report, about 15% of the world population lives with a disability condition and almost all websites seem to be inaccessible for these one billion people. We believe that these people deserve equality, which is why we worked to make www.chiesi.com accessible to anyone, despite all conditions and disabilities. Our website now runs on different technologies and a friendly interface that allows people with disabilities to adapt the user interface of the website to their personal needs.
The technology we use is provided by AccessiWay and aims to make our website accessible to people with disabilities such as blindness, visual impairment, cognitive disorders, movement disorders and epilepsy. The Chiesi Group fully shares AccessiWay's mission, which is to "make the Internet an inclusive place, for everyone."
Disability profiles supported on the chiesi.com website
Profile for Epileptics: this profile allows people with epilepsy to use the website safely, eliminating the risk of episodes derived from flashing animations and dangerous color combinations.
Profile for visually impaired: this profile adjusts the website so that it is accessible to most people suffering from visual impairments such as degraded vision problems, peripheral vision problems, cataracts, glaucoma, and others.
Profile for cognitive disorders: this profile provides different assistive features to help people with cognitive disabilities such as autism, dyslexia, CVA, and others, to focus on the important elements of the page in a more fluid and accessible way.
Profile for Attention disorders (ADHD): this profile significantly reduces distractions and noise to help people with ADHD and neurodevelopmental disorders to easily scroll, read, and focus on the essential items.
Screen-reader profile: this profile adjusts the website to be compatible with screen readers such as JAWS, NVDA, Voiceover and Talkback. A screen-reader is always installed on a blind user's computer, and AccessiWay's technology is compatible with this tool.
Keyboard navigation profile (motor disabilities): this profile allows people with mobility impairments to manage the website using the keys Tab, Shift+Tab and Enter, or even using shortcuts such as "M" (menu), "H" (headings), "F" (shapes), "B" (buttons) and "G" (graphics) to get to specific elements.
Further UI, design and readability tweaks
Font Adjustment: our website allows users to increase and reduce the font size, to change the font type, to adjust spacing, alignment, line spacing, and more.
Color Adjustment: our website allows users to select different color contrast profiles such as light, dark, inverted and monochrome. In addition, users can customize color combinations for titles, texts and backgrounds, with over seven different coloring options.
Animations: our website allows epileptic users to stop all running animations with a single click. Interface-controlled animations include videos, GIFs, and flashing CSS transitions.
Content emphasis: our website allows to emphasize important elements such as links or titles and to choose to highlight only focused or suspended elements.
Audio muting: our website allows hearing aids users who may suffer from headaches or other problems caused by autoplay sounds, to instantly mute all audio on the website.
Cognitive Impairments: our website enables the use of a search engine linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary, allowing people with cognitive disorders to search for the meaning of sentences, initials, slang, and others, for a faster understanding.
Other features: our website allows users to change the color and size of the cursor, use a print mode, activate a virtual keyboard, and more.
Despite our continuous effort to create better conditions in terms of accessibility, there are still sections on our website that are not fully accessible, but we are working every day to improve and achieve the optimal level of accessibility by following the continuous technological advances.
If you want to talk to us about accessibility or if you have any suggestion to improve it, please contact us here.