We live in a world where we are constantly striving to be more inclusive and accessible for all of society. Bequeathed, a legacy fundraising company have launched a new will service that is more accessible for those with visual impairments and disabilities. With 31 million people in the UK without written wills, this new service could not come at a better time.
Three in five UK adults don't have a written will - this equates to 31 million people whose property, financial and other assets could be left to someone they have not chosen when they die.
Worryingly of those who have not written a will yet, 22% are over 75, 39% are aged 65-74, and a third of over 75's admit to not having thought about writing a will yet[i].
Having an up-to-date will can seem like a daunting process; however, Bequeathed, a legacy fundraising company, has launched its new inclusive and accessible free will service to make it easier for everyone, including those with sight loss or disabilities.
Jon Brewer, Founder and CEO of Bequeathed, said: "It's so important that everyone has a will to ensure the people and causes they care about are looked after."
Bequeathed have been working closely with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), digital accessibility consultants Hassell Inclusion and expert software developers, Tier 2 Consulting on the accessibility of their free will-writing service.
"Initially, we were focused on making our online process for people with sight loss but by," working with other companies ", we expanded this to include people with, for example, motor impairments, autism and dyslexia, as well as older people," said Brewer.
According to Hassell Inclusions research, 20% of people in the UK have a disability making it difficult for them to use websites as easily as everybody else. "With 59% of people not having a will, it's critical that, once someone has made the decision to make one, there are no digital accessibility barriers to stop them," said Hassell Inclusion's CEO, Jonathan Hassell.
To build the new service, Bequeathed teamed up with a panel of testers, including people with visual impairments, motor impairments, autism and dyslexia, as well as older people- working with them to find solutions to the difficulties they identified.
They have now created a new inclusive and accessible free will service that includes features like a screen reader, keyboard accessibility and colour, contrast and resizing options to make it more user-friendly.
Jon Brewer added: "Accessibility is now embedded into the culture of our fundraising company and we'll continue to work on improving the user experience for everyone."