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May 2019: The accessibility issue

Website accessibility: Why you should care

I'll be honest. There was a time when I heard "website accessibility," and I immediately tuned out. I mean, how many people with disabilities were actually visiting my website anyway? I'm not proud of this sentiment, but I share it because I'm guessing it's not all that uncommon.

However, it's now 2019, and not only do some of my clients need to care for liability reasons, but also, we should care.

What does it mean to have an accessible website?

"Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web, and that they can contribute to the Web." -W3

Why should you care?

First of all, if your organization receives funding from the state or federal government, a certain level of accessibility is now required by law. Further, other industries are being targeted by lawsuits on the grounds that their websites do not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Also, an article by web developer Palantir.net raises some good points about accessibility for all:

"In addition to [audiences with disabilities], web accessibility also benefits those with a temporary or situational disability. This could include someone who is nursing an injury, someone who is working from a coffee shop with slow wifi, or someone who is in a public space and doesn’t want to become a nuisance to others by playing audio out loud."

If you're not sold on accessibility just yet, here's a big reason to care:

Better accessibility = Better SEO

Many of the steps required for accessibility on your website make your website more available to search engines for indexing, which means better search engine performance.
 

What we do at Alpen Lily

Over the past few years, Alpen Lily Web Studio has provided website accessibility services to public agencies and private industry alike. A couple of the services we provide:

  • Ongoing, monthly or quarterly accessibility checks and reports
  • An accessibility consult of your website, sweep/fix of current issues, and then guidelines to help site editors keep their website healthy into the future

If you are interested in learning more about accessibility on your website, shoot me an email.

Talk to you soon!