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Today. May 17, is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.
Globally, the disability community represents a formidable demographic of over 1.3 billion (57 million in the US alone), according to The Global Economics of Disability Report. Visual, auditory, cognitive, and ambulatory challenges present unique considerations for content developers. This avenue not only benefits individuals but also brings into effect the interests of society at large. Publishers need to address accessibility in the near term as they have good commercial, ethical, and legal reasons for wider reachability. In addition to the legal compliance requirements for content accessibility, which are well documented and becoming more widely enforced, the publishing community can and should lead the charge for meaningful social change in this arena.
Amnet is committed to addressing accessibility issues and standardizing content across all digital platforms and media for more inclusivity and wider reachability. We provide expertise, implementation, scalability, and compliance with accessibility regulations like ADA, WCAG 2.0, and Section 508. To accelerate our initiative of digital equality we have created a not-for-profit Accessibility Resource Center – www.theaccessibilityresourcecenter.org. Users access this portal to utilize free and valuable “do it yourself” tools and to stay abreast of the latest guidelines. Click here to sign up for the resource center.