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ACCESSIBILITY INTERNATIONAL

A Global Community of Local Businesses Embracing Accessibility For All....

Accessibility:  Accessibility in it’s broadest sense refers to designing products, devices, services or environments for people who experience disabilities. Times have changed and we all have to think about more than just the physical world and also consider the online cyber world when designing our business websites to ensure that they are accessible and serve all customers.

Become An Accessibility International Partner….

Accessibility International Partners understand the importance of making their business and website
“Accessible to All”.  

The new customers that you desire, want to patronize businesses that operate honestly and ethically and that care about people and our environment.

Accessibility International

Support Accessibility for all, subscribe today for your FREE membership to Accessibility International.

Accessibility Matters….

We all recognize the importance of accessibility in our physical world.  Although newer, accessibility in the cyber world is no less important.

The concept of accessible design and practice of accessible development ensures both direct unassisted access and indirect access meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology such as computer screen readers.  

Shopping online this year, nearly 10 million shoppers will be visually impaired, over 10 million will have a hearing impairment, and severe limits to their dexterity will affect more than four million.  

Assistive technology is used by many persons with disabilities to access websites.  For those using assistive hardware or technology to surf the web, if it is not compatible with that technology, your website will not be visited or viewed by potential customers.  There is a lot a website owner can do to make their site more accessible, which is good news.

Rules are coming, Website owners be aware!  

We all are aware how the American Disabilities Act (ADA) has affected brick and mortar businesses.  The ADA requires all public business locations to “prohibit exclusion, segregation, and unequal treatment” of persons with disabilities.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) is in the process, working on changes to Title II of the ADA to include web accessibility regulations which will affect state and local government websites.    

 

Website Accessibility  

The United States Department of Justice will police U.S. sites under WCAG 2.0 Web Accessibility Guidelines established by the World Wide Web Consortium to ensure compliance.  The European Union and individual governments will also be imposing oversight to the world wide web to ensure accessibility for all internet users.  Smart business owners will embrace both physical and web accessibility for all potential customers by ensuring that their website is accessible to persons with disabilities.  The Web Accessibility Guidelines explain how a website should be coded and arranged to ensure that it is accessible.  

Building an accessible website.  

Use best practices, forms, images and more to build your accessible web site.  These are key areas to consider:

CLEAN CODE is the first step to building an accessible site, programmers and designers need to ensure using clean, quality code.

ALTERNATIVE TEXT for visual elements of a website is important to assist the visually impaired using assistive technology to describe the image content within a tag allowing the assistive technology to translate the description into a clear phrase or sentence.  Well written text alternatives add context to the image, improving the user experience.. 

The image depicts a weathered gray wooden door set into a buildings hand laid stone wall.

Don't close the door....

"Don't close the door on potential customers with disabilities!"

The image depicts a steep wooden staircase with many steps descending to a beautiful sandy beach with the water beyond the beach.

Make your website....

"Make your website easy for customers with disabilities to navigate."

The image depicts a person in a four wheeled scooter attempting to maneuver under the barrier of a low wooden beam placed across the trail.

Welcome all visitors

"Welcome all visitors with disabilities to your website."

How You Can Make Your Images Accessible on the Web

How You Can Make Your Images Accessible on the Web

Many people do understand the need to provide visitors to their website with alternative text to ensure that they enjoy the same experience as those without disabilities.  However this is not the sole purpose for providing alternative text.  Additional...

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WAVE 3.1 Release

Version 3.1 of the various WAVE web accessibility evaluation tools has been released. These updates are now available in the online WAVE tool, the Chrome and Firefox extensions, the WAVE subscription API and stand-alone API, and the WAVE Runner reporting service....

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4 Reasons for Digital Accessibility Compliance

4 Reasons for Digital Accessibility Compliance

Digital accessibility compliance is appearing in the news more and more.  2020’s new normal of working from home has brought this even further into the attention of the public. It has never been more pressing for your organization to provide digital information to...

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AccessU 2020 Keynote Speaker Spotlight: Jamie Knight

AccessU 2020 Keynote Speaker Spotlight: Jamie Knight

John Slatin AccessU 2020 will run for two weeks from May 13th–20th. Like many of this year’s conferences, AccessU is also moving online. Along with our four tracks scheduled for the second week, we’ll have two lunchtime keynotes by leading experts in accessibility and...

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Avoid Long Sign-up Forms to Make Your Form Web Accessible

Avoid Long Sign-up Forms to Make Your Form Web Accessible

Long Registration Forms are Barriers   Registration forms are barriers for your visitors.  They are barriers because it requires time and effort by your visitor to complete them.  On top of that, the task itself is no fun.  People have to invest time and effort...

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A skip link on Squarespace and a little about z-index

A skip link on Squarespace and a little about z-index

Injecting accessibility features into existing websites can be a challenge. During Knowbility’s 2019 Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR), I was part of Indy Team 7. Our client had a site on Squarespace which we needed to make more accessible. While working on our...

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Become An Accessibility International Partner….

Accessibility International Partners understand the importance of making their business and website
“Accessible to All”.  

The new customers that you desire, want to patronize businesses that operate honestly and ethically and that care about people and our environment.

Accessibility International

Support Accessibility for all, subscribe today for your FREE membership to Accessibility International.

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