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Hi Fellow Tech Enthusiasts!

My name is Shaun and I’m a partially sighted web developer. I know what you are thinking, what is that right? I was born with a rare cataract condition and so the developer was born 😉 @developershaun @accessiblewebuk

I’m launching Insite on Kickstarter to help others with disabilities get better access to the world wide web.

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For many, the digital world (or just turning on a computer) can be a daunting prospect; but imagine what it’s like for those with a visual impairment. I understand what that feels like firsthand, having a visual impairment of my own. I set up Insite to build accessible digital products that allow everyone to engage in our digital world equally.… regardless of their level of ability.

It’s been a constant yet rewarding struggle to build my business but I am committed to improving digital accessibility. Now I need YOUR help.

Insite is my personal journey and life challenge (alongside some talented friends and colleagues). We will help third sector organisations build disability friendly products and websites as well as software. We will also work with mainstream companies to spread the word about accessible design and optimising their own products. This will then benefit people with visual impairment (VI) and other disabilities when operating within the diversity of the digital space.

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I need to raise £2500, which when added to my own funds will buy bespoke computer hardware; items that will make me more productive and therefore make digital accessibility in the third sector a reality for many, not just a few. The kit I need includes a specialist screen, computer and accessories designed specifically for those with visual impairment. It also includes software that will help me get the most from the hardware and work productively to create powerful solutions for the third sector.

We hope that you can see the importance and value of what we are doing and get involved. It will help me use my experience, specialist knowledge and intelligent design to combine beauty with accessibility – because a beautiful web should also be an open one!

It is with big thanks to Tech City UK for allowing me to tell my tech story and the journey ahead.