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ADA-Compliance and Accessibility

Why is web  accessibility  so important?

Making the internet accessible is about leveling the playground for 20% of the world’s population. The internet has become the most important innovation of our lifetime. Making it inclusive is the most significant step towards achieving a society that prioritizes the inclusion of all its people and values, everyone, for who they are, regardless of abilities. By making your website ADA-compliant, you will:

For Blind Users

Blind users use screen readers to verbally dictate what is on the screen. Most websites lack alternative text for images and ARIA attributes for content and behavior-related adjustments that screen readers rely on.

For The Motor Impaired

When it comes to websites, physical and motor impairments are defined by the inability to use a mouse. Luckily, a keyboard can do everything a mouse can do and more. Unfortunately, most websites are not optimized for keyboard navigation, leaving people with motor impairments excluded from certain website elements.

For Cognitive Disorders

People with cognitive impairments have certain limitations in mental functionalities that can affect how website content is perceived and understood. For example, slang and abbreviations can be very confusing for people with cognitive disabilities. Without the proper context or orientation adjustments, the context may be misunderstood and lead to incorrect actions.

For Epileptic Users

The internet is filled with blinking and flashing animations and GIFs that are dangerous for people with photo-sensitive epilepsy. Many of the users will avoid pages and content for fear of triggering a seizure.

For Vision Impaired

Websites come in many shades, colors, and sizes. For people with visual impairments, the wrong color combination or font size/shape can make it hard for them to see your website’s content. Common visual impairments include blurred vision, color blindness, and glaucoma.

For The Hearing Impaired

Website owners and marketers often prefer to deliver visuals in the form of video. While this is a great form of engagement, hearing-impaired users aren’t able to understand what the video is about unless it incorporates closed captions.