Accessible Web Development
1. Audit Your Code for Digital Accessibility
Currently, 97% of the world’s top 1 million websites fail a basic web accessibility test. So unless your website falls within the 3% that pass this test, you should be auditing your code to begin the process of remediating the content on all of your website pages for accessibility. Specifically, you should audit your code for compatibility with assistive technologies commonly used by those who are disabled to navigate the internet, like screen readers.
2. Understand a Lack of Awareness is No Excuse
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which is the legislation under which organizations can be sued for noncompliance, is what’s known as a “no fault” statute. Translated, this means not knowing the law does not excuse you from liability. If and when you’re sued for having a website that is not ADA compliant, your web developers will get no sympathy from the courts for not knowing their legal obligation to provide web accessibility.
3. Be Proactive to Minimize Workload and Workflow Disruption
By accounting for accessibility in the early stages of working on your website or app, you minimize your development team’s workload for maintaining ADA compliance moving forward. Alternatively, if you have an existing or website or just launched a new one, you should immediately perform an accessibility audit to get a full inventory of your issues. This will make it easier to prioritize and allocate development resources towards your accessibility remediation needs based on your team’s bandwidth.
4. Hold Software Developers Accountable for Accessibility Requirements
It should not be a secret (anymore) to app or web developers that your websites and applications need to be accessible. Accordingly, you should hold developers on your team to a higher standard and set expectations that all new (and ongoing) projects will be designed and developed to offer the required level of accessibility by default.
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