Making the Web Work for People with Disabilities
MSF&W Accessibility Solutions
What is accessibility?
Accommodating People with Disabilities
- People with low vision or blindness
- People with limited use of their hands
- People who are deaf or hard of hearing
- People with learning disabilities
Compatibility with Assistive Technologies
Why is accessibility important?
Your Customers, Your Staff....
- 10-20% of Americans have or will have a disability
- An aging population has increasing accessibility needs
- Accessibility and usability go hand-in-hand
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- “Section 508” of the Rehabilitation Act
- Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act
- 47 other states with accessibility laws and/or policies...
- America Online
- IBM (Olympics.com)
- Priceline & Ramada.com
- State of Arkansas
- Repair web site
- Monitoring by the NFB
- Original plaintiff → $20,000
- Class-action fund → $6 million
How do we make the web accessible?
- Content & Semantics - use HTML as it was meant to be used
- Text Alternatives - “alt” text, transcripts, captions
- Contrast - visual & auditory
- Order - reading order, tab order
- Keyboard Operability - focsable, operable, predictable
Keys to Success
- Be Proactive
- Find the Right Resources
- Train your Staff
- Don't be Overwhelmed
How can we help?
- Accessibility Audits
- Technical Assistance
- Quality Assurance