In this post, I’d like to discuss risk. Specifically, I’d like to focus on list of litigation, primarily because although I have previously outlined a number of factors that fall under the umbrella of “risk”, it is legal risk that most people tend to gravitate toward when discussing accessibility. This is especially true in the United States, which is where the overwhelming majority of web accessibility-related litigation has been seen. In short, the argument goes, if your site is inaccessible you can get sued and lose a bunch of money.
Our goal is to share and discuss strategies, techniques and resources for meeting Section 508 compliance as it pertains to websites and web-based content. WAG also endorses conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and provides accessibility training on both Section 508 and WCAG 2.0
When you work in the business of creating something, be it selling a brand or promoting a cause, you want it to be seen by as many people as possible. The more barriers you put in front of a prospective audience, the lower the potential impact.
This, essentially, is the principle behind online accessibility – eliminating the barriers an audience faces. After all, almost one in five people in the UK has a disability.
Websites designed with accessibly in mind ensure that mentally or physically impaired users can reach and consume the content in two ways: unassisted and assisted.
An analogy I like to use is – if the web were a house, the former is the staircase (your basic browser, essentially) and the latter a lift (the use of assistive technologies such as screen readers).Working, as my agency does, with a host of clients in the pro-social sector, these principles are of particular relevance and are why we spend a lot of time considering the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)… as should anyone who uses digital to convey their message.
A detailed look at some resources and terms that correspond to the four principles of web accessibility outlined by WCAG 2.0Gain a better understanding of the WCAG principles of web accessibility through a set of terms and resources to guide you.
JACK is an unprecedented 5-in-1 online accessibility suite comprised of turnkey desktop & mobile applications to meet core AODA legislative requirements in less than 1 hour. The software automates core compliance required by all Ontario businesses with 1 or more employees and includes AODA eTraining for staff and much more.
JACK is also a Customer Feedback process, Employment & Recruitment intake, Emergency & Public Safety Info, and Customer Service policies.
Its applications are practical for people of all abilities, something people with disabilities struggle with on a daily basis.
Trish uses a typical dining experience as an excellent example of what JACK can do beyond meeting AODA requirements. “For someone with a physical, visual, and/or an invisible disability, filling out a customer feedback card might not be possible. With JACK™, a person would simply use their smartphone to scan a QR code on a tent card, menu, or any print sign for that matter to instantly provide their feedback to management eliminating the need for paper, writing or talking. Moreover, reducing staff involvement. Every business and organization collects feedback- why not have it accessible and automated?”, added Trish Robichaud.
IBM is collaborating with Freedom Scientific to offer organizations a complete portfolio of enterprise accessibility training and eLearning to ensure that all employees – designers, developers, testers, quality assurance, and program managers – are following best practices in accessibility and are educated on current regulations and industry standards.
For more information on the IBM AbilityLab Compliance System and other technologies, visit IBM Accessibility.