Information and Communication
In the multifamily industry, we have all heard of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We have policies in place for it. It is referenced, stated, and explained in our training courses, onboarding materials, and development plans.
So, you’re just getting started on your accessibility journey and you’re wondering what your first few steps should be. Great! Know that most organizations typically start with an accessibility audit, which provides a benchmark for their digital content.
Imagine yourself as someone with a visual disability. Cataracts, or totally blind even. A site is not accessible because of many factors, willing and unwillingly. Accessibility may have been attended to at the end of the project or not in the budget, or maybe they just didn’t practice it. You can’t access the vital information on the site because it’s not accessible to people with visual disabilities.
People with certain disabilities use display and input technologies to access online resources. There are several software and hardware solutions that have been adopted, commonly referred to as assistive technologies.
In general, provide multiple ways to reach any page on a site. Doing so allows users to chose whatever way of finding pages is easiest for them. Users with low vision may find using search easier than navigating through a large menu. Users with cognitive impairments may prefer a table of contents or site map over clicking through many pages.
Simple steps to creating accessible emails with Yale University message.
Accessibility features aren’t exactly the most well-known pieces of the modern smartphone puzzle. And yet, they might be the pieces with the greatest potential to make a meaningful impact on someone’s life.
Before distributing and remediating PDFs, determine whether a PDF is necessary. PDFs can be challenging to remediate for accessibility. Whenever possible, share content as a webpage and use PDFs sparingly.
If you’re looking for a more approachable resource for how to dig into what the WCAG covers, the Inclusive Design Principles would be a great place to start. The seven principles it describes all map back to WCAG success criterion.
The originators of HTML—particle physicists sharing documents—had no interest in fluffy visuals. They set out to create a World Wide Web of machine-readable pages to display in every system and browser, including those that spoke text to visually-impaired users.