What is “Web Accessibility”?

Web accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them. Web accessibility encompasses all disabilities that affect access to the Web, including [1]:

  • auditory
  • cognitive
  • neurological
  • physical
  • speech
  • visual

Why Does It Matter?

Websites that follow the widely-accepted WCAG standards [2] are usable to all individuals, regardless of physical and mental capabilities. In fact, websites that follow WCAG standards are typically more understandable and user-friendly for all individuals.

All federal, state and local government websites are required to meet Section 508 regulations [3]. Non-government websites are not legally required to meet web accessibility standards however, there have been an increasing number of lawsuits from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) [4] against companies whose websites are not accessible to individuals with disabilities. In 2018, there were over 2200 ADA web accessibility-related lawsuits report by UsableNet. [5]

What Can You Do?

Web accessibility can be a simple or complex process based on the complexity of your site. DeyoGroup has a team trained in WCAG web accessibility standards that can identify problem spots and bring your site into WCAG compliance.

 

 

Many companies charge thousands of dollars to audit and bring a site into compliance because it’s a long, manual process. In order to truly bring a site into WCAG compliance, real people need to identify potential areas of difficulty for people with disabilities.

Deyo Group offers a special rate to existing clients to bring the site into WCAG compliance. There are three standards for measuring how accessible your site is for individuals with disabilities.

 

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References:

  1. https://www.w3.org/WAI/fundamentals/accessibility-intro/
  2. https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/
  3. https://www.section508.gov/manage/laws-and-policies
  4. https://adata.org/learn-about-ada
  5. https://adata.org/learn-about-ada

**Please note, we are not a legal institution and cannot give or claim any legal advice.