fbpx

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 to Write Your Accessible Web Content Clearly and Simply

How to Write Your Accessible Web Content Clearly and Simply

Is it Possible to Write “Clearly and Simply”?   The task of writing clearly and simply has never been either clear or simple.  In fact, it can be one of the most difficult of all writing tasks.  Clear and simple writing is an art to which many aspire and few...

read more
ADA Compliance for the Healthcare Industry

ADA Compliance for the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare companies have a responsibility to ensure every patient receives the best possible care. That includes ensuring that necessary information is available to all patients. Documents saved as PDFs retain their security and structure on most platforms and...

read more
Short Registration Forms Engage More of Your Visitors

Short Registration Forms Engage More of Your Visitors

Long Registration Forms are Deal Breakers   Anything you require your visitors to do, creates a barrier between you and them.  What happens when you encounter a lengthy sign-up form with lots of questions.  Either you ignored it and clicked away or you entered...

read more
Why Seizure Disorders are Web Content Accessibility Issues

Why Seizure Disorders are Web Content Accessibility Issues

Seizure Disorders can be Triggered by Your Web Content   Some people are susceptible to seizures caused by strobing, flickering, or flashing effects. This kind of seizure is sometimes referred to as a photoepileptic seizure.  When pulses of light interact with...

read more
Why you should never Print to PDF

Why you should never Print to PDF

Everyone loves the PDF file format.  It’s just what it says, it’s a Portable Document File.  It can be created from and will open on nearly any device or platform, retains its formatting, and is secure.  It can contain text, images, lists, tables, and diagrams.  It’s...

read more
ADA Compliance in Marketing

ADA Compliance in Marketing

Optimizing your keywords, beating spam filters, and targeting your social media ads will get your message in front of more people, but you could still be missing a large portion of your target audience. As many as 25% of the population have a disability and could be...

read more
ADA Compliance for the Healthcare Industry

ADA Compliance for the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare companies have a responsibility to ensure every patient receives the best possible care. That includes ensuring that necessary information is available to all patients. Documents saved as PDFs retain their security and structure on most platforms and...

read more
Retail ADA Compliance: Increasing Sales with Accessibility

Retail ADA Compliance: Increasing Sales with Accessibility

The start of Q4 means one thing for retailers- the holiday shopping season. You’ve probably been working on catalogs, floor plans, displays, promotions, and other marketing materials for months. After COVID tanked much of the retail industry in Q2, it’s especially...

read more
Inclusive Design Interview with Eric Eggert

Inclusive Design Interview with Eric Eggert

In our upcoming seminar titled “Inclusive Design: The Big Picture”, part of our 2020 series of seminars, Eric Eggert, Knowbility’s Tech Team Lead and Web Accessibility Expert, will be providing his expertise, demystifying inclusive design, and teaching attendees how...

read more

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.

Pin It on Pinterest