A year of accessibility innovations mark a hopeful shift in consumer and digital culture.
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2023, you’re flying by. Join Mashable as we look back at everything that’s delighted, amazed, or just confused us in 2023.
Only halfway through and the year’s already been a whirlwind of both technological advancements and unwelcome changes, from the continued hype around artificial intelligence to the ups and downs of social media giants.
Similarly, within the push for greater digital accessibility and improvements in assistive technology, 2023 has ushered in immense successes and unfortunate failures among the industry’s leading forces and pioneers — a clash of creativity and profit alongside a wider cultural conversation on the need for increased support and visibility for the disability community.
Still, 2023’s fair share of wins are making meaningful changes in people’s lives, from increased customizability of the online experience to accessibility shifts in the world of live entertainment, and they’re also proving that sometimes a simple addition is all that’s needed to make a digital environment significantly more accessible.
Mashable’s rounded up a few of tech’s accessibility standouts so far this year.
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