We live in a Digital Age, and as technology becomes more integrated with our everyday lives, it’s never been more crucial for people to have access to the digital world. From how we engage with each other to how we manage our money, health, & housing, as more and more services move online it’s becoming increasingly important to break down the barriers to digital accessibility.
But what are these barriers, and who do they affect? Statistically speaking, people are most likely to be excluded from digital spaces if they are living with a disability, experiencing poverty, facing language barriers or long-term health conditions; and in Leeds alone, tens of thousands of adults are offline or lack essential digital skills – with that number rising to 11.9 million people across the UK – but how can organisations benefit from improving accessibility?
In ‘Digital Inclusion & Accessibility: Not Just a Tickbox’, 100% Digital Leeds & ASDA will explore the importance of organisation’s making their digital spaces inclusive, and consider how improving accessibility can help further company strategy.
At a time where extraordinary demand levels and a Government-mandated lockdown threatened to overwhelm the UK’s supermarket giants, ASDA was able to harness their digital potential by building accessibility into the heart of their strategy, and ensure that they could continue to feed the nation’s most vulnerable groups.
The 100% Digital Leeds programme is led by a team in Leeds City Council, working to make Leeds the most digitally inclusive City for everyone, by partnering with third sector organisations to help embed digital into what they already do, building their capacity to support and improve the lives of the people they work with.
About ASDA Technology:
ASDA Technology is the IT arm of the supermarket chain ASDA. Involved in various aspects of technology required to service over 600 stores and a huge online eCommerce and Logistics operation, ASDA Technology utilises an internal colleague base of 400 people and a vast network of third-party service providers to deliver technology services across the UK.
Established in 2015, LeedsBID (Business Improvement District) is a not-for-profit, non-political organisation set up to improve Leeds City Centre for all.