Often accessibility has a negative connotation, however it is important to start thinking positively about web accessibility.
The AODA clock is ticking
Bottom line – web accessibility is the law. Although this might not seem like a reason to embrace accessibility, for some businesses, it's not an option.
Section 14 of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requires that all websites and web content follow specific accessibility guidelines, and the deadlines for many organi have passed, or are fast approaching.
Not complying with legislation can result in financial penalties, which continue to grow every day that you’re not compliant.
More Users = More Business
Although many might not realize, excluding individuals with disabilities from a website or application means missing out on users. This includes users who have permanent disabilities, but also the elderly, individuals with temporary impairments, and more.
People with disabilities have a great online presence and spend time and money online the same way, if not more, as those without disabilities. Essentially, if your website is not meeting accessibility guidelines then you are losing profits to other businesses that are meeting the standards.
Better User Experience
Did you know that improving accessibility on your website also improves user experience? Accessibility is not usability, but they do go hand-in-hand.
One misconception is that web accessibility is solely about making websites usable for screen readers. Making your website compliant for screen readers is essential, however it is not the only aspect of web accessibility. Some accessibility guidelines include making your website perceivable, operable, and understandable. Many of these guidelines can greatly improve the user experience of your website.
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