Understanding Accessibility Audits
Once your website goes live, it is viewable by anyone who accesses it—or at least it should be. Does your website use closed captions for videos? Are there prerecorded audio descriptions? If not, then your website may not be ADA compliant nor viewable to a segment of users with disabilities. To accommodate all visitors, accessibility audits should always be top of mind when designing digital applications, websites, and content.
An ADA compliance website audit is a formal process to ensure a site is accessible to users with disabilities and compatible with the tools they use. Users with disabilities require compatibility with assisted technology, including braille displays, screen magnifiers, and screen readers to properly view a website. These tools help them navigate throughout your website without compromising the overall experience.
The digital accessibility audit is a system of checks and balances to that help make your digital content, including websites, PDFs, and online applications, are accessible to as many users as possible. Web accessibility audits may be daunting or even downright scary for some digital teams, but they are a necessity to building an all-inclusive web experience. Correcting recommendations from an accessibility audit can help mitigate the risk of losing prospective customers or having legal action taken against your company.