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Web accessibility: Allowing people with disabilities to use the Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with the Web.

With the passage of the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, and recent amendments to Section 508 and the Web-wide-world consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (W3C/WCAG), local, state, federal and agency/organizational websites must be made accessible to persons using assistive technology devices such as screen readers, screen magnification and Braille output devices.

Why Web Accessibility is Important

The Web is an increasingly important resource in many aspects of life: education, employment, government, commerce, health care, recreation, shopping and more. It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities. An accessible Web can also help people with disabilities more actively participate in society.

Sample Questions to be considered:

  • Do the foreground and background colors have sufficient contrast for low vision users?
  • Are your headings in logical order?
  • Do button/links have a text label to determine their actions when activated?
  • Do your videos have audio tracks?

When developing or redesigning a site, evaluating accessibility early and throughout the development process can identify accessibility problems when it is easier to address them. Simple techniques such as changing settings in a browser can determine if a Web page meets some accessibility guidelines. A comprehensive evaluation to determine if a site meets all accessibility guidelines is much more complex.

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Related Publications

The Miami Herald's September 13 edition included Virginia Jacko's Op-Ed article, "Give visually impaired better internet access."

This article's purposes included helping readers understand:

  • Why companies and organizations should make their online services accessible to blind and visually impaired Internet users.
  • How including keyboard-enabled interfaces can make digital content more accessible.
  • Services that Miami Lighthouse can provide to private and public organizations to increase accessibility of their website content.

To read the article click here.

"Avoiding Litigation: Is Your Website Accessible to Visually, Hearing Impaired?" an article published in the Daily Business Review co-authored by Miami Lighthouse Board Director Steven Solomon.

Click here to read “Avoiding Litigation: Is Your Website Accessible to Visually, Hearing Impaired?” an article published in the Daily Business Review co-authored by Miami Lighthouse Board Director Steven Solomon.




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