Project to get visually impaired on the web

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A web developer from Eastbourne who is partially sighted, is raising funds to help other disabled people use the internet.

Shuan Cheesman 29, has set up a crowdfunding page to raise £2,500 towards equipment to start his project.

His aim is to develop programmes to make the internet more accessible to other visually impaired people.

“I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help improve my life by getting some vital equipment I need to help with my disability and to help me create digital products to help people such as my self with disabilities,” he said.

“I was born with a very rare condition that meant I had cataracts on both my eyes. I didn’t know it then but my life was never going to be easy.

“It has stopped me from being able to drive and I have had to learn strategies to cope with daily living tasks; but I’ve never let it beat me. I don’t want disabilities to beat others either.”

With the internet becoming an integral part of modern society, Shaun wants to work with businesses to make sure their websites are accessible to not only visually impaired people, but those with dyslexia too.

Shaun set up Insite, which helps organisations build disability friendly products and websites as well as software.

“I learnt how to code and build accessible websites and now I want to work with companies to educate them about how best to and the importance of building accessible websites,” he said.

“This will then benefit people with visual impairment and other disabilities when using the digital space.”

His aim is to raise £2,500 to buy bespoke computer hardware and equipment.

Donors receive rewards from Insite depending on how much they donate.

For more information on the project and to donate, visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/2061726872/supporting-disabilities