The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), The Guardian and Google have launched a new experiment in storytelling that can adapt to suit blind and low vision readers.
Auditorial features customisable visual designs and rich audio storytelling, to help people who are blind or low-vision experience stories in ways that are as seamless and creative as they are for sighted people.
For example, for someone who is blind and has sensitive hearing, they can listen to the story but remove background noise to enable them to focus on the narrator.
If someone has photophobia, a light sensitivity, they can flip the story into dark mode, and all the animations take on a darker form.
If someone has motion sensitivity, they can flip a switch that turns all moving images into keyframes and if someone has faded colour vision they can enhance all the imagery.
David Clarke, Director of Services for RNIB, said: “Far too many websites are not accessible. For people who use assistive technology like a screen reader or screen magnifier, the frustration of not being able to use or navigate a website is all too common. At best, it’s an unnecessary annoyance, but at worst it can mean feeling locked out of key information and services.
“Auditorial is an example of how accessible online storytelling can be rich and engaging for everyone. By using simple accessibility functions and design features, the website proves that inclusive design doesn’t have to limit creativity.”