Website accessibility is on the rise, but there is still a long way to go. Accessibility involves creating and structuring website content so that it can be effectively navigated, read or experienced by users regardless of a person’s disability, which can be visual, auditory, physical, speech-related, cognitive or neurological.
A new European research study from Forrester Research has confirmed that many employees who are Deaf, blind, vision, hearing or cognitive impaired, or who have a physical disability, find it harder to participate productively in workplaces that are not digitally accessible. However, making a workplace accessible benefits everyone.
Web and digital accessibility should be a vital part of any business plan. Everyone’s communication requirements should be acknowledged and planned for from the beginning, as accessibility is just as important as even security and virus protection, if not more so. This article offers four good reasons why accessibility needs to be integrated into your business plans, before you roll them out.