Respect Your Recipients by Ensuring Your Communications Are Accessible

Communication with every constituent is always essential. Both businesses and consumers rely on guidance to stay informed and make decisions. But what if your readers could not engage with the provided content, especially electronically published content?

This is the reality for many people worldwide. Research from the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (2015) shows that in 21 regions around the globe, visual impairment is found in 3.8% of the population. When you consider that 253 million people are visually impaired, can any business take the risk of not being able to communicate and do business with this constituency? Add in the 1.1 billion people who do not have access to vision correction options for near-sighted vision impairment and the challenge is even larger.

The question is: Do you ensure your published documents are accessible?

If you can’t say an enthusiastic “YES!”, there are solutions for you, your staff, and your organization. At Ricoh, we not only imagine change; we help you create it and provide steps and processes to ensure that the way you approach and achieve accessibility is legally compliant. We invite you to join our curated webinar for a moderated discussion on accessibility issues and options with real world case studies as examples. It is critical to understand what important information is available on what is legally required, why you should go beyond the minimum requirements, how to achieve accessibility (especially for legacy print-centric data streams being published to the web) and the best practices to help you avoid common document accessibility pitfalls. Everyone who attends is sure to take away practical solutions to ensure that their content is truly available to all potential customers.

Every person has a right to the accessibility of published content regardless of auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech, and visual challenges. As documents continue to be published to the web, it is imperative that organizations ensure ‘Universal Accessibility’ of those documents, legacy or otherwise.

The foundation of Ricoh’s ability to help you translate published content to an accessible format for digital delivery is made possible by our RICOH PDF2PDF/UA Plus solution. Built to handle the largest environments, our software solution enables mass file conversions and on-the-fly transformations. The value for your organization is the additional capability to improve how your constituents experience published content using universal accessibility. As added security, your documents will meet legal accessibility requirements that continue to expand globally.

Meet the Author

With over 25 years of print industry knowledge, Steve is an established leader and expert in all aspects of Print, Mail and CCM. Having worked for print service providers across Europe and the U.S., Steve brings a unique global perspective. Since joining Ricoh in 2016, Steve has led the development of a unified strategy for Ricoh's advanced CCM and inbound mail services within its Managed Services division. In his current position as Senior Global Software Product Manager in the Ricoh Global Production WorkFlow Software and Solutions division, Steve manages several diverse global software products delivering excellence to Ricoh customers across a broad spectrum of industries in the commercial print, in-plant, enterprise and transactional spaces.

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