[Hong Kong] Smartphones have become an essential item in our daily life in no doubt; however, people seldom consider the needs of the visually impaired and always ignore their needs in mobile apps development. According to the World Health Organisation, there are around 285 million people in the world are visually impaired. Caring about the needs of the visually impaired when developing mobile apps has become a phenomenon in western countries to promote equality. With a built-in voice-over function on various smartphones, mobile apps with visually impaired accessibility can help the visually impaired utilise the smartphones and allow them to connect with the outside world more easily.
At the moment, only a small number of mobile apps are designed for the visually impaired. Mobile apps can actually assist the visually impaired a lot in their daily life on the basis that they cannot see the world like we do. To uphold social equality and for the sake of the visually challenged, mobile apps owners should now consider enhancing visually impaired accessibility on their existing apps.
HSBC and MTR, two renowned long-term clients of Cherrypicks, have included this function on their mobile apps and these two apps have been recognised by the government with a gold award of the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme from the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer. Congratulations to our two gracious clients who have showed their care to the visually impaired and have put so much effort in making their life easier with mobile technology.