Picture this, a user with a certain disability visits your website. After navigating through the site for the initial few seconds, the user hits a roadblock and is unable to access various sections within a webpage. Or the user relies on a screen reader, which is missing from the content on your page making it difficult to interact with jumbled, incomprehensible, or entirely inaccessible content. The user leaves the site disappointed and frustrated. Such web accessibility issues imply digital discrimination with costs to your company in terms of money as well as brand reputation.
There are approximately 2 billion disabled people worldwide, or 37.5% of the world’s population. Plus, the World Health Organization estimates a rise in disability due to an increase in aging population and extensive spread of chronic diseases. With internet becoming the primary source of communication, entertainment, commerce, and information, digital accessibility is important to ensure this demographic is not excluded and has unfettered access to websites and applications. It is no wonder that governments across the globe especially in the United States, UK, and Europe have legally mandated web accessibility to ensure inclusivity.
Unfortunately, despite this, many websites fail to consider accessibility when creating a user interface or wireframes, or follow subpar accessibility standards that make using the site difficult for people with disabilities. Consequently, businesses of all sizes have faced litigation because of the poor accessibility of online services. As a credible company, you cannot afford to underestimate the criticality of web accessibility.
As a part of the publishing community, we at Amnet believe that this sector should lead the change to digital equality. That said, we understand that addressing access for people with disabilities ranging from visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and neurological presents unique and complex design and content problems for your development team.
To address these challenges, Amnet provides a comprehensive suite of web accessibility services that not only remediates and transforms existing content but also creates born-accessible content. From expert consultation, accessibility audit, implementation, and scalability to compliance with federal and international accessibility regulations, Amnet offers support at every step of the way.
We have developed tools and knowledge repositories and have created usable resources to ensure our team is primed to deliver world-class services that meet accessibility best practices and requirements. Our team of experts regularly undergoes training to ensure up-to-date knowledge of web accessibility standards including WCAG 2.1. This reflects our commitment to accessibility and to helping our clients ensure digital equality in conformance with regulatory requirements.
In our continuous effort to address accessibility issues and standardize content across all digital platforms and media for more inclusivity and wider reach, we have instituted a not-for-profit Accessibility Resource Center (www.theaccessibilityresourcecenter.org). The site offers free and valuable “do-it-yourself” (DIY) tools to stay up to date with the latest accessibility practices and guidelines.
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