International Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Vol. 1 (2011) No. 2, pages: 221-226, Proceeding of the International Conference on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology (ICASEIT 2011), Bangi, Malaysia, 14-15 January 2011, DOI:10.18517/ijaseit.1.2.46

Accessibility of Websites for People with Disabilities (PWD) in Malaysia: An Empirical Investigation

Maslina Abdul Aziz, Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Mohd Isa, Nurul Syahirah Mohd Fadzir

Abstract

According to a report by Department of Social Welfare Malaysia (http://www.jkm.gov.my), there are approximately 277, 509  registered disabled people in Malaysia  since November 2009. The growing  number of people with disabilities in Malaysia indicates the importance of safeguarding the interest by this special underserved group in Malaysia. Thus, this study aims to investigate the accessibility of website for disabled user in Malaysia. A total of 100 websites were chosen from four Malaysia portals; (i) Malaysian Information Network on Disabilities (MIND), (ii) Malaysian Christian Association for Relief (Malaysian CARE), (iii) Kiwanis Disability Information and Support Centre (KDISC) and (iv) Hati. The study revealed several issues pertaining  to website accessibility for people with disabilities in Malaysia. We end our study with few recommendations for  to improve few of the accessibility criteria that may be overlooked by website developers.

Keywords:

Accessibility; People with Disabilities in Malaysia; Community Informatics; Human Computer Interaction

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