Inclusivity with HNTunlimited

In collaboration with Het Nationale Theater we are working on an increasingly accessible website.

HNTunlimited

With the HNTunlimited programme, Het Nationale Theater makes performances accessible to more and more people. “We think it is important to be able to show, hear or feel our offer to everyone; a disability should not be a barrier to going to the theater. That is why we offer accessibility means for a number of performances and we make adjustments, so that deaf and hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted people and people with a high sensitivity to stimuli can also enjoy theater”, says Martijn Westerop, diversity and inclusion marketer at HNT. 

Not only the theatre, but also the online environment should be accessible to people with disabilities. Together with HNT, we are therefore improving the accessibility of the Peppered websites.

Photo of Het Nationale Theater © Goedkroon media
"A disability shouldn't be a barrier to going to the theatre" - Martijn Westerop, diversity and inclusion marketer at HNT

Digital accessibility

Digital accessibility stands for an inclusive digital society in which everyone can participate fully and equally. According to the statistical office of the Netherlands, CBS (2019), there are about four million people in the Netherlands with disabbilities that make it difficult to visit websites. These can be visual, auditory, cognitive and motorial problems. In addition, websites are not always accessible for the illiterate and elderly. Together we can ensure that all websites are easy to visit for everyone.

An accessible website

Peppered has been committed to complying with WCAG guidelines (international accessibility standards for websites) for some time now, as previously a project in this area was done with Voo?uit in Ghent. We are therefore pleased that HNT is now working on this so seriously, that it offers the opportunity to take really big steps in this regard. After all, accessibility is a combination of technology, design and content. Thanks to this focus of HNT and the fact that they have engaged an independent expert for research, we have discovered several opportunities for improvement. We are now tackling these together and implementing them, so that all our users can already comply with them technologically and so that we can create cases together with HNT to help others as well.

What can you do yourself?

We ensure that the technology of your Peppered website is as accessible as possible, but there are also a number of points that you can pay attention to when editing your website pages.

Blind and partially sighted people It's important that your website works well in combination with the reading equipment that blind people use. Therefore, make good use of headings and ensure that hyperlinks are well described. 'Click here' is therefore not a good example, but with a link such as 'read more about [the topic]' it is immediately clear what to expect when you click on the link.
   
Deaf and hard of hearing people Use subtitles for the videos on your website, or provide a transcript of your podcast episode.
   
Low-literate people and people with intellectual disabilities Use simple language and graphics that support the text for clear communication.
   
People with dyslexia To take people with dyslexia into account, use a consistent layout with blank lines, don't give too much information at once and offer as much videos and audio as possible.
   
The elderly Finally, you ensure a good colour contrast, a legible font and large click fields to create an accessible website for the elderly.

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