AbiliTrek is a multifaceted company built by and for people with disabilities. We consult with organizations to enhance their website accessibility, increase their market base, and reduce their exposure to potential litigation.
In an increasingly web-driven world, improving the accessibility of your website is critical for expanding your market base. Website accessibility is just as important as physical accessibility as many people with disabilities cannot physically access their computer, tablet, or phone in the original manner the designers planned.
Assistive Technology Compatability:
Many individuals with disabilities use what is called Assistive Technology (AT). These technologies such as Switch and screen readers are the metaphorical ramp of the web. However, in order for individuals who use AT to access web services, websites must be designed to be compatible with these technologies. We test compatibility with:
- iOS Switch Control, Android Switch Access, and on-screen keyboards: To improve access to individuals with limited-dexterity.
- Screen readers: To improve access to individuals with blindness/low-vision/reading disabilities.
- Screen magnification software: To improve access to individuals with low-vision.
- Closed Captioning and equivalent access to audio: Deaf/Hard of hearing: To improve access to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Why This Should be Important to Your Organization
- In the US, 58 million people (1/5 of the population) have a disability. By responding to the need for website accessibility, businesses would expand their market base by 20%.
- People over the age 65 are six times as likely to acquire a disability. They also have 70% of the spendable wealth.
Laws: There are laws that protect the civil rights of people with disabilities:
- the Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA),
- Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act,
- and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- Many of these laws use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1)
Protect yourself: The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently declared that Title III of the ADA covers websites; all goods, services, and activities provided to the public must be accessible to all consumers. Websites are indeed a service and therefore should be accessible.
The DOJ’s ruling has been furthered by the suit against Domino’s; this ruling has set a precedent in the 9th circuit that ensures that companies’ website(s) and mobile application(s) are accessible to individuals with disabilities. And, if they are not accessible, a person affected by the inaccessible website has legal precedent to take action against that said company.
The number of website accessibility lawsuits tripled in the last year, increasing to over 2,250.
Cursory Audit: We perform cursory audits on websites to search for accessibility barriers.
Technical and Functional Testing: We will perform technical testing on a number of representative web pages in line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 standards.
We will also create and perform functional testing on a number of use cases from the following user types: users who are blind, have low vision, have limited dexterity and are d/Deaf. We will work with each organization to develop the specific use case(s) we will test.
Detailed Report: We provide a detailed report and an outline of how to become more accessible. This is to ensure that the public and any clients have access to your website.
Implementation Support: We will be available for implementation support through your updating process!
Accessible Web Development: Our team is available to take on full stack web development projects while making the finished product fully accessible.