Why digital accessibility? Our experts at Perkins Access explain how updated federal regulations on website accessibility and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are designed to open doors for every user, and outline steps organizations must take to become compliant.
It should be top-of-mind for all organizations. Across government and all industries, the move to digital services and information continues to accelerate. We have to consider access to digital assets in the same way we have traditionally looked at physical locations. Then periodic WCAG and ADA updates aim to ensure that our growing digital world is available to Americans with disabilities. That’s 1 in 4 Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The bottom line is that no one can avoid the issue of accessibility. An estimated 1.3 billion people worldwide have some sort of vision impairment and 36 million of those individuals are blind, per the World Health Organization.
From a business perspective, think about the impact this could have on your organization. Could you benefit from millions of potential new customers having access to your website?
Even before new regulations are in place, companies that neglect digital and website accessibility pay a high price. The National Law Review reports that Target, H&R Block, Peapod, eBay and even the state of Ohio have been sued over this issue.
What CIOs and business and government leaders must recognize is that accessibility is a prerequisite for anything that they do. It can’t be pushed down the road; digital accessibility is urgent, and it needs to be dealt with now.
There are three easy steps to ensure your organization gets accessibility right.
To make your digital assets accessible, you need to build a part of your organization that understands the landscape and is willing to embrace accessibility policies. Business leaders have a lot of responsibilities, and that’s why it’s important for you to have a plan to manage accessibility before it’s too late. If you tackle it early and do it right, you will always have your finger on the pulse of how your organization is dealing with accessibility.