When it comes to making sure your website is accessible to all users, the first thing to do is audit your site to assess just how inclusive it actually is for users – your current and potential clients. Most websites on the Internet today are not accessible to people living with disabilities.
You may be wondering if an assessment or potential overhaul is even necessary. It probably feels like a lot of work and when you built the site, accessibility was barely even a concern. Why does it matter now?
Consider this: a successful audit will identify and document any barriers users may be experiencing while visiting your site. It’s likely you don’t even know what issues they are having and you may already be losing customers who are trying to use your site to learn about your services or to buy your products. In the wake of those roadblocks, users typically leave before ever spending money or learning about what you can offer. Your website’s lack of accessibility is potentially costing you money.
Should Your Website Be Assessed for Accessibility Compliance?
When AKEA Web Solutions conducts your web accessibility assessment and audit, we focus on making sure we understand your goals to determine what needs to be done to accomplish those goals, all while remaining cognizant of acceptable industry standards and practice.
The work you do during your site accessibility assessment and the follow-up remediation of issues will help you to grow your brand, gain new customers and increase profits.
There are also laws that compel you to make sure your website is accessible. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) bans discrimination against any person with a disability, which includes communications technology, apps and websites. So if your website is riddled with barriers, you could be at risk.
AKEA’s accessibility assessment is a formal evaluation of how well your website supports the needs of web users with disabilities. It is completed by AKEA’s accessibility consulting experts. AKEA Web Solutions has been performing these audits with over decade of experience and we have worked closely with people living with disabilities to fully understand any obstacles they have had to overcome.
Our formal assessment and auditing processes will show where barriers exist on your current website, what those barriers are and what needs to be done to remove them. Along with identifying problems and where they exist, an assessment will evaluate your site’s level of compliance with current legal requirements and universally accepted technical requirements. Upon completion, we will walk you through our findings and recommendations.
Have questions? Talk to our experts at (517) 940-4615 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our accessibility assessment.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1)
Our team uses the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) as the basis of our audit, which are the accepted industry standard for measuring accessibility. Our specialists also look to Section 508 of the American Disabilities Act as the foundation of the audit, when applicable (in the cases of public education and higher education). Section 508, WCAG 2.1 and ADA provide a foundation for accessibility audit testing because they set the parameters for success criteria which will help to minimize business risk and leverage the latest technology to support accessibility online, while also aligning with business needs.