Benefits of Being Proactive
The Internet is an important resource, one that affects many aspects of our daily lives. The Internet is used in school systems, employment agencies, hospitals and other healthcare organizations, government institutions and more. It is also one of the quickest and easiest ways to do business, especially for individuals who have a disability. While 3.9 billion people globally use the Internet, close to 56.7 million Americans, or 19% of the population, had a disability in 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
You can learn more about accessibility statistics on our resource page.
It’s the Right Thing To Do
Every disability comes with its own unique set of challenges, depending on type and severity. For example, someone who struggles with motor impairments might have difficulty leaving their home and going into a store. Being able to purchase supplies directly from their home is a significant benefit and can often be a key component of maintaining independence. Someone with a visual impairment might need to use assistive technology while using the Internet, such as screen reading software. By being proactive, your organization can give equal access to important resources for individuals with disabilities, helping to improve the quality of their daily lives.
It is also important to remember that web accessibility is a legal requirement. A lack of proactive web accessibility compliance can lead to a demand letter or, even worse, a lawsuit. Due to an increase in telecommunication use, there has been a rise in accessibility lawsuits filed in federal court. If those organizations had taken proactive measures sooner, they could have avoided significant legal challenges. At the current rate, it is expected that the number of federal lawsuits will continue to grow, so the sooner you act, the more secure your business will be.
Regardless of the situation, being proactive will save you time and money, alleviating problems before they happen and providing you with much-needed peace of mind.