Facil’iti, the start-up that makes websites accessible to disabled Internet users

FIGARO DEMAIN – The TF1 group has spotted this start-up, which adapts websites for Internet users with disabilities.

Too small characters, a “click on” difficult to target … Many people with disabilities find it difficult to use traditional websites. “25% of the world’s population is affected by a cognitive or motor disorder that affects their relationship to screens, according to the World Health Organization,” explains Yves Cornu, co-founder and CEO of the French start-up.

Adapt to all disabilities

So he imagined a service which allows to adapt the ergonomics of a site in two clicks to any handicap. It is certainly necessary that the site in question is a client of Facil’iti. The start-up has 200 clients in France, including Carrefour. The user just has to click on the “accessibility” tab, and then choose the icon corresponding to his handicap, so that the appearance of the site is immediately adapted. For the visually impaired, the characters are larger, the layout is adapted, with the images being processed accordingly. As another example, people with Parkinson’s disease generally have difficulty clicking icons when they are too small. In this case, Facil’iti reorganizes the page so that the icons are larger, more spaced, to be easier to reach, including by a person who no longer has complete control over their movements.

The service is offered to businesses by subscription, starting at 350 euros per month, with an implementation cost of 2000 euros. “We launched it after five years of research and development. After a year of marketing, we are profitable, ”says Yves Cornu. “We have opened an office in Japan, at the request of the local government, and the city of Tokyo is already using our services,” he adds. Facil’iti is also available for business websites. “It’s a real help in keeping disabled people in the company,” says Yves Cornu.

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