September 26, 2019
Web accessibility is the practice of removing barriers for people with disabilities that might prevent their interaction with, or access to, websites or mobile applications. The American Disabilities Act (ADA), Title III, is interpreted to include websites as “places of public accommodation.” Businesses who don’t comply are at risk of being sued for being in violation.
The Web Accessibility Standards (WAS) provide a checklist of web accessibility components. https://accessible.org/was/ These include:
Cases of businesses who have been sued for non-compliance are piling up. The number of federal court cases jumped from 814 in 2017 to 2,258 in 2018. Sites sued include some huge brands, like:
“Many organizations are waking up to the fact that embracing accessibility leads to multiple benefits – reducing legal risks, strengthening brand presence, improving customer experience and colleague productivity.” – Paul Smyth, Head of Digital Accessibility, Barclays
One out of five (1:5) people reports requiring some type of assistive technology to access websites or apps — 650 Million people worldwide. This includes hearing, vision, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care, independent living difficulty. Ron Mace (1941-1998) coined the term “universal design” in 1985 and spent his life advocating for people with disabilities.
Universal design makes products usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. - Ron Mace
There are financial and future-forward reasons to build accessibility into your website roadmap.
There are also clear risks (beyond lawsuits) of maintaining non-accessible site elements:
“Accessibility is a core value at Apple and something we view as a basic human right.” – Sarah Herrlinger, Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, Apple
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September 26, 2019
Web accessibility is the practice of removing barriers for people with disabilities that might prevent their interaction with, or access to, websites or mobile applications. Businesses who don’t comply, are at risk of being sued for being in violation of ADA, Title III.