Web Accessibility Resources
Web Accessibility Resources
Additional Resources for Web Accessibility Compliance
Web accessibility standards and guidelines are established to provide equal access for people with disabilities to web content and applications. Web content that is accessible on all devices to all people is optimal; for a website to be deemed accessible, it is required to meet meeting one or more pre-established standards.
AKEA’s Accessibility Resources
Web Accessibility Conferences
Web Accessibility Statistics
Web Accessibility Glossary
Web Accessibility Checklists
Web Accessibility Standards
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act became a civil rights law. Discrimination against people with disabilities, in all avenues of public life including school, jobs, transportation and all private and public places that are open to the general public, is prohibited under this law. The law was established to ensure that equal rights and opportunities are afforded to individuals regardless of whether or not they have a disability. Civil rights protections are provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines to people with disabilities similar to the protections issued to people based on race, sex, color, or religion.
The ADA guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities within employment, transportation, public accommodations, local and state government services and telecommunications.
Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines protects the rights of “qualified individuals with disabilities in all programs, activities, and services of public entities” whether in state or local government. It calls for the modification of the administrative activities, practices, and procedures where deemed necessary to prohibit discrimination.
Learn more about ADA Title II (State and Local Government).
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines emphasize that “reasonable modifications” must be made on existing and new private businesses in the “public accommodation” industries to prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Title III guidelines apply to privately owned, leased or operated entities such as restaurants, hotels, retail stores, golf-courses, doctor clinics, health clubs, and many more.
Learn more about ADA Title III (Public Accommodations).
Furthermore, Title IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines requires telephone and Internet companies to implement a nationwide system that allows people with hearing and speech impairments to communicate over the telephone. Closed captioning of federally funded public service announcements is also required under this title, regulated by the Federal Trade Commission.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is an international team which develops web standards, such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and (WCAG) 2.1. W3C’s goal is to allow the world wide web to achieve its full potential by creating protocols and guidelines to provide for long-term growth of the web. W3C’s involvement includes participation, sharing knowledge and building a global reputation. Through its web accessibility initiative, W3C enables human communication and offers opportunities to gain and share knowledge regardless of language, culture, physical, or level of mental ability.
International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP)
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is a registered non-profit professional association for accessibility professionals. The association, founded in 2014, was established to connect professionals working in web accessibility and facilitate the expansion of their professional networks.
IAAP is also heavily invested in providing accessibility resources and education to allow organizations to learn more about web accessibility and, ultimately, to help those organizations establish an accessible web presence within all of their digital environments.
Members of the IAAP are dedicated and passionate professionals all seeking to create an accessible Internet for all users. Member organizations include many verticals in industry, the private sector, higher education and government.