Website Accessibility Audits
Website accessibility addresses the physical limitations to visitors based on 4 main disabilities:
- cognitive impairments (like dyslexia)
- motor impairment (like paralysis)
(The goal of website usability is generally to satisfy 95% of site visitors. Usability basically means: how easy a website is to use.)
The Census Bureau estimates that almost 1 in 5 Americans has a disability; and half of those disabilities are severe.
There are two main initiatives that set guidelines for accessibility conformance:
- Section 508
An amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is a law that applies to Federal agencies only. Conformance to Section 508 for non-federal agencies and agencies that do not contract with the Federal government is voluntary.
- The World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
Conformance to WCAG is strictly voluntary. There are three levels of conformance, from Single A to Triple A – each with higher levels of accessibility.