Posted by: gravessack | May 8, 2017

Accessible360: Making the Web Accessible

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In addition to the issue of whether spaces are physically accessible, there is an access issue that is becoming more and more significant: Internet accessibility. Accessible360 is a relatively new company in Minneapolis that is dedicated to making the Internet accessible to all. Accessible360 does this by conducting accessibility audits of all different kinds of websites and working with clients to help their websites maintain accessibility compliance. This issue is becoming more and more important as people are now spending more and more time online. In addition, people with disabilities spend twice as much time online compared to people who are able-bodied.

For example, people who are blind or have significant visual impairments may find it difficult to navigate websites. To address this issue, there are devices called screen readers that can read the text on web pages. In order for screen readers to work, websites must have alt text (text that describes images in detail) associated with each image. If there are videos on websites, the videos must have closed captioning so that people with hearing impairments can read what is being said in the videos. Websites must be created so that it is possible to navigate by using only a keyboard. In addition, there are devices that make it easier for people with significant mobility impairments to navigate websites.

Because the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed before the Internet existed, the bill does not address online accessibility. It is expected that the U.S. Department of Justice will introduce new website accessibility regulations under the ADA. With the help of organizations such as Accessible360, people are realizing that Internet accessibility is necessary to creating a more inclusive world.

Written by: Sam Graves

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