Hey everyone! Let’s talk about making your website accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. In recent times, there’s been a significant focus on website accessibility, and ensuring your site complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is not only kind but also smart to avoid potential legal issues.
Why Website Accessibility Matters
Accessibility is about making your website usable for people with various disabilities. This includes using screen readers for the visually impaired, ensuring color contrast for those with color blindness, and making navigation easy for everyone.
Expert Help for ADA Compliance
My friend, Cornelius Butler at Butler New Media, offers a fantastic service where real users with disabilities evaluate your website. They use tools like Apple Voiceover, Google Talkback, and JAWS to test how your site performs for users with different needs. They’ll check for contrast issues, navigation ease, and much more.
Reach out to Cornelius and mention Michael Rock for a thorough evaluation.
Common Accessibility Issues
- ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications): This helps screen readers interpret and read your content correctly.
- Contrast: Ensuring your text stands out against the background, so it’s easy to read.
- Names and Labels: Proper labeling of links and buttons for screen reader clarity.
- Tables and Lists: Using specific markup to guide screen readers through your content in a logical order.
- Navigation: Facilitating screen readers and keyboard navigation with features like “skip to content” links.
How to Check Your Website’s Accessibility
There are numerous websites you can visit online to test your website like W3.org and plugins to browsers that you can use like Lighthouse, but it is best to use a professional company like Cornelius Butler’s if you want the job done right and make sure that you are safe from lawsuits.
Making your website accessible isn’t just about following the law; it’s about being inclusive and ensuring everyone has a great experience on your site. Taking the time to address accessibility can improve your site for all users.