The sight loss charity took part in an event with MPs to help them better understand accessibility issues.
The RNIB has been training MPs how to make their social media posts more accessible to people with sight loss.
The charity’s social media team was part of an RNIB event taking place this month to help MPs better understand the needs of those with a disability.
This included offering an insight into how technology and digital services can support people and ensure social media is easier to access.
As part of the event MPs were also involved in a blindfold walk with charity staff, who are guide dog users. A mock constituency surgery was also staged looking at issues such as filling in forms.
“We were delighted that so many MPs took time out to attend this training session to learn how to better support their constituents with sight loss,” said RNIB Chief Executive Officer Matt Stringer.
“RNIB strives to break down barriers and make the world more inclusive for blind and partially sighted people so we hope that the MPs found this training session useful and will put what they learned into practice.”
Among technology that can help accessibility is audio description functions on TV advertising and video content. This is an additional commentary that explains to those with sight loss what is happening on screen, such as body language and movements.
Another is using accessibility software for websites.
Earlier this year Just4Children announced that it had added the cloud-based web accessibility tool Recite Me software to its website. This allows users to customise pages to best fit their needs and includes functions such as converting text to speech, reading aids and adding styling features that can help those with vision difficulties.
Last year’s Lloyds Bank Charity Digital Index revealed that only half of charities have accessibility processes built into their website.