Camila Navarro

Who says if my site is accessible or not?

April 30, 2021,

The short answer is the law. The long answer is Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the W3C, and most importantly your users.

Section 508 is an amendment to the Rehabilitation act of 1973, it mandates that all electronic and information technology systems, including websites, which are developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government, must be accessible to people with disabilities.

The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) has developed guidelines to allow and ensure accessibility. These are known as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), right now WCAG 2.1 is widely accepted as the standard, however, these aren’t the latest guidelines the W3C has published WCAG 2.2 on February 2020.

Your users are the most valuable resource for information you have listening to them can completely change your view on disabled users and abled users, involving them early on in the development phase can save you time, resources, and money. Who better to ask than the source themselves?

Web Accessibility depends on several pieces working together including technology, browsers, users, development tools, and websites.