Text for Graphic: Digital Accessibility puts patients first

Graphic shows Spaulding webpage with four annotations as follows:

1. Alternative text

Alternative text, which is accessible via screen reader, describes the subject matter of any given image. Arrow points to image of nurse checking blood pressure.

2. Accessible labels

Buttons are clearly labelled so their functions can be easily identified by assistive technology. Arrow points to search button where visual label contains the text "search" followed by a magnifying glass icon.

3. Keyboard accessibility

Users can navigate the site using just a keyboard. For people with disabilities, the common mouse is often inaccessible. Arrow points to keyboard illustration.

4. Color contrast

Contrast between text and background is critical for readability. Dark type atop a light colored backdrop ensures a legible interface. Arrow points to large header text with good contrast.

Perkins.org/Access