The staggering sum of 57 million Americans are living with a disability. Globally, the disability community represents a formidable demographic, with an estimated $3 trillion dollars in disposable income. Vision, hearing, cognitive, and ambulatory challenges present unique tests for developers.
In addition to the legal compliance requirements for content accessibility, which are well documented and becoming more widely enforced, the publishing community can and should lead the charge for meaningful social change in this arena.
Amnet fully embraces this mandate and looks forward to the day when content worldwide is accessible to all users.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities states the following: “To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems…”
Imagine the possibilities on a practical level for your content and digital assets – there are one billion people worldwide with disabilities who we should and will be serving.
In both the USA and Europe, governments are mandating change and starting to enforce compliance to WCAG 2.0 standards. Particularly for public agencies, accessibility is now an issue that is at the forefront of technology planning. The WCAG 2.0 conformance standards are published here: https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/.
Amnet continues to monitor all the legal requirements for our clients; our recommendation for all digital assets would be to create any new content in a compliant manner. For existing content, the revisions can and should be planned as well as ongoing updates. Companies should consider the ramifications of litigation as well as the mission to create change.
Don't leave this to chance, partner with a qualified and experienced team to bring your content to new and deserving audiences. Contact Amnet for a consultation today.
Our teams will partner with your internal stakeholders to offer a four-tiered approach to addressing legal compliance for your digital assets. The first level is a simple audit of your website to address accessibility issues and create a plan. The second tier will involve a planned review scheduled over time to maintain your level of accessibility as your website adds content, to include a certain amount of content review. The third tier will be a comprehensive bespoke service to review all of your content and make recommendations for updating. The top tier is a custom plan to create or modify your website.
Please contact us for more details on our digital accessibility consulting practice.
There are many ways to create or update your content to comply with WCAG accessibility guidelines. Not only are there several tools, but the implementation and quality control is just as critical. Amnet partners with the world’s best developers and production teams to adapt the most effective accessibility technologies for our clients.
To help reach our shared goals of born digital and born accessible, we work with clients to add such services as alt text, MathML, audio sync, audio transcription, and other content tools to enhance user experience for all abilities.
access-board.gov - The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design.
w3.org/standards/webdesign/accessibility - It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with diverse abilities. Indeed, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes access to information and communications technologies, including the Web, as a basic human right.
daisy.org - The DAISY Consortium is a global partnership of organizations committed to creating the best way to read and publish, for everyone.
benetech.org - Benetech empowers communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions.