Are You At Risk?
Are You At Risk?
Are You At Risk?
The One Constant: Change
There is no denying it: our modern-day digital economy is evolving rapidly. You see significantly fewer people with flip phones and desktop computers and more people with smartphones and tablets. Businesses are allowing employees to work while mobile and WiFi hubs are set up in airports for easy Internet access while traveling.
The Data is Conclusive
In today’s day and age, people turn to the Internet to shop for goods, meet new friends, do various amounts of research and communicate with the world independently. According to the International Telecommunication Union, global Internet usage increased from 6.5 to 43 percent between 2000 and 2015. Currently, it is estimated that 3.2 billion people use the Internet world-wide. It is expected that the digital economy will continue to climb at a rapid pace, creating an even larger online network.
A new study by Pew Research center found that 79%, or 8 in 10 Americans, prefer to shop online, rather than in a brick and mortar store. In comparison, back in 2000 only 22% of Americans preferred online shopping. With the amount of digital advances we have had since the start of the 21st century, can you imagine our technological advances 10 to 20 years from now? Without a doubt, the digital economy is quite a massive market with a significant audience.
Meeting Evolving Needs and Expectations
As more people turn to the Internet to shop and communicate, businesses and organizations are increasingly visible. As the spotlight on the presence of online corporations gets brighter, it’s important to ask yourself: with a growing number of people accessing my website, what are my risks?
How Can We Help
The good news is that at AKEA Web Solutions, we specialize in providing complete web accessibility consulting services. With over fifteen years of web accessibility consulting, we are leading experts in our field.
The AKEA Methodology
When we partner with an organization to provide accessibility consulting, the first step is to determine if you are indeed at risk of being non-compliant, by conducting a series of tests known as a Web Accessibility Audit. Through the use of gap analysis, additional testing, we are able to identify possible accessibility issues.
Once these issues are identified, we provide an overview and documentation of the major issues. When the overview is complete, we will determine priorities and provide a recommendation on how to proceed to remediate the issues and then maintain accessibility compliance in the future. We will work with you to chart a path that meets your goals quickly and efficiently.
If you’re one of the businesses deemed not at risk following our assessment, that is wonderful news! Despite your business or organization being deemed compliant, it is important to remember that no website is ever 100% compliant, no matter how many proactive steps were taken. Standards are often changing and technology continues to advance, so it is crucial to maintain monitoring and establish a plan for continued compliance in the future.
Next Steps To Take
Contact AKEA Web Solutions today to allow us to assist you in mitigating your risk, protecting both your assets and your professional reputation, by creating accessibility policies and programs.
Our team can make sure that accessibility is done right the first time and we can educate you on techniques to keep you up-to-date with the latest accessibility trends. This way, we can keep your risk level low and create a positive online experience for everyone who visits your website.