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WebAIMWeb Accessibility in Mind
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In the early days of WebAIM, which began its work in the fall of 1999, I recall web developers were quite accepting of this challenge and would often comment, "You know, I just never thought about that before." This revelation seemed all they needed to make a personal and professional commitment to learning and using the skills required at the time.
Rowland's (WebAIM, 2002) three reasons for institutions to make their web sites accessible were: 1) providing equal access is ethically the "right thing to do," 2) creating accessible formats for education is economically smart, and 3) it is against the law, in the USA, for public institutions to discriminate against those with disabilities.
* WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) The Web Accessibility "How-To" Site
Top 3 Screen Readers in 2017 JAWS 66% NVDA 65% Apple VoiceOver 40% Percentage of respondents, WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey #7 30% of ALL online searches will use voice interactions by 2020 Gartner, Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users in 2017 and Beyond created by Jamie Lin, 2018 Note: Table made from bar graph.
There are already a number of mainstream education technology vendors who are making a point to build accessibility into their products; some even go to the effort of certifying their web-based applications through services such as the National Federation of the Blind's Nonvisual Accessibility Web Certification or the WebAIM Accessible Web Site Certification programs.
For more information on website accessibility and an overview of the key principles of accessible design, visit WebAIM. Business owners, operators and web developers who are interested in learning more about these new website requirements under the ADA can expect to hear of the Department of Justice's proposed rule changes by the end of the year.
WebAIM offers a free product called WAVE, which can check web pages for compliance with the guidelines of Section 508 and WCAG.
There are numerous online resources to act as a starting-point (e.g., EASI <http://easi.cc/>, DO-IT <www.washington.edu/doit/>, and WebAIM <www.webaim.org/>).
WebAIM. Retrieved October 15, 2008, from http://www.webaim.
Jared Smith, a consultant with WebAIM, an organization based at Utah State University Center for People with Disabilities, says there are some basic tenets related to how you design the Website and write the HTML code that underlies your design to make it accessible to assistive technology like screen reader software.
Take a look at the WebAIM guidelines for colors, contrast ratios, and other accessibility considerations.
WebAIM. Retrieved October 15, 2012, from http://www.webaim.org/articles/meetchallenge