Our mission is to make information on the Internet more accessible, ensuring readability, usability, navigability and access to all resources published online to everyone.
Whether you are creating a personal Blog, a Community Forum or creating an online Shop, there are a number of techniques and best practices for ensuring that your website will engage as many visitors as possible, including tose with accessibility issues.
Our target users include people who are blind or with low vision that prevents them from efficiently accessing pages with heavy graphical interfaces, as well as people with hearing problems who cannot decipher most multimedia material, or people with physical disabilities who find difficult to use some computer interfaces that many users take for granted without giving them a second thought, such as using a mouse.
Many of these accessibility obstacles can be overcome today by using the proper web design and development techniques, and by providing sensible alternatives that help make the Internet more usable to everyone.
Read below an excerpt from The Case for Web Accessibility for more information about why Accessibility is essential for developers who want to create websites without excluding people from using their products and services:
The Web must be accessible to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with diverse abilities. Indeed, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes access to information and communications technologies, including the Web, as a basic human right.
Accessibility also benefits people without disabilities. The Web Accessibility Perspectives video shows examples of how accessibility is essential for people with disabilities and useful for everyone in a variety of situations.
There is also a strong business case for accessibility. Accessibility overlaps with other best practices such as mobile web design, device independence, multi-modal interaction, usability, design for older users, and search engine optimization (SEO). Case studies show that accessible websites have better search results, reduced maintenance costs, and increased audience reach, among other benefits. Developing a Web Accessibility Business Case for Your Organization details the benefits of web accessibility.