Web Accessibility is About Inclusion!
Web Accessibility, also known as web usability, is the practice of making websites accessible to people with disabilities.
Why Make My Website Handicap Accessible?
Consider the current and future market impact:
- 20% of Americans have some type of disability.
- The spending power of people with disabilities is $175 Billion dollars per year
- Everyday 8,000 baby boomers turn age 65
- Currently there are 54 Million people with disabilities – as the Boomer continue to age, this numer will continue to grow!
These are all good reasons and we could go on, but the best reason to make your website accessible is – because it’s the right thing to do!
Government Web and IT Accessibility Regulations
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed by the federal government forced businesses to make their physical facilities accessible to people with disabilities. The law provided broad descriptions of “places of public accommodation” which could include many online websites. It is time to make your virtual doors and walkways as accessible as your physical doors and walkways. Sheridan Walker at HirePotential, Inc. tells us that she expects additional regulations in 2013 that will strengthen web accessibility guidelines.
What Kinds of Disabilities Are We Talking About?
There are many disabilities that impact peoples ability to access online information:
- Web Accessibility for People who are Blind – This is typically the first group I think about when I build a website. How would I navigate through the pages, what would the images, graphics and videos mean to a screen reader? This is my primary audience.
- Web Accessibility for People with Low Vision – For a variety of reasons, some people can’t see well. Cataracts is a common cause of low vision, but there are many more. For every person who is blind, there are 3.4 people with low vision. We provide contrast and sizing tools for these visitors to be able to view and interact online.
- Web Accessibility for People who are Deaf – If you can’t hear, how do you watch television or videos. By providing subtitles or text alternatives, you will enable these visitors to enjoy the online experience you provide.
- Web Accessibility for People with Physical Disabilities – Physical Disabilities can be temprorary or permanent. FOr those who cannot use a mouse all areas of your site must be accessible with keyboard commands.
The key to accessible design is simplicity. We start with easy navigation and a good high contrast color scheme. We make sure screen readers have adequate information to describe the imagery on your site and we provide alternate ways to see, hear and read content.
We can meet 508/ADA/W3C Priority 1, 2 and 3 Requirements.
Contact us today to find out how we can provide you with compliant products.