Website & App Accessibility

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. 

Our Services 

Cursory Review: We perform complementary cursory reviews on websites to search for accessibility barriers.

Technical Testing of HTML, CSS, and JavaScriptWe will perform technical testing on a number of representative web pages to ensure compliance of the front end development/design with the requirements of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 and Section 508 standards. 

Functional Testing: 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 also available to take on full stack web development projects while making the finished product fully accessible.

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

A lime green and bright blue infographic with black text. At the top, the title reads, "Disability Profitability" in all capital letters on a lime green background. There is also a light gray wheelchair symbol on the right-hand side in the background. Below that there is a bright blue strip with a paragraph that reads, "In addition to being a socially responsible business, pursuing adequate levels of web accessibility dramatically increases your market potential." Below that there is a lime green box; in the upper left-hand corner of that lime green box there is a smaller heading that says, "Let's talk money" in all capital letters. Under that heading, there is a paragraph that reads, "People with disabilities alone represent a one billion dollar market US Census Bureau." In the upper right-hand corner of the lime green box, there is a bright blue circle with a lime green dollar symbol in the middle. In the lower left-hand corner, there is a bright blue circle and within that bright blue circle, there are two lime green adult person symbols--one the right and one on the left--each holding the hand of a lime green child symbol in the middle. To the right of the bright blue circle, in the bottom right-hand corner of the lime green box, there is another smaller heading that says, "The bigger picture" in all capital letters. Under that heading, there is a paragraph that reads, "When adding in their friends, families, and associates, they combine to create a one trillion dollar market (US Dept. of Labor). This is the third largest market in the United States." Under that lime green box, there is another bright blue strip. On the left side of this bright blue strip, there is another smaller heading that reads, "There's a lot of us" in all capital letters. Under that heading, there is a paragraph that reads, "There are over fifty-eight million people with a disability in the United States. That is one in every five people (US Census Bureau). Having an accessible website will increase your website by twenty percent." To the right of that paragraph, there is a lime green circle with seven blue adult people symbols that are organized in an upside down triangular shape. Under the bright blue strip, there is a lime green strip. On the left side of the lime green strip, there is a bright blue circular outline filled in with lime green. In the middle of the lime green fill-in, there is and a bright blue adult symbol holding a cane. To the right of that circle, there is another smaller heading that reads, "Age and disability" in all capital letters. Under that heading, there is a paragraph that reads, "People older than sixty-five are six times as likely to acquire a disability than their younger counterparts. This same group of people holds over seventy percent of the spendable wealth in the U.S. as well as twenty percent of the population by 2035 (US Census Bureau)." Under the bright blue circle and paragraph but still, within the lime green strip, the AbiliTrek.com URL is written in all capital bright blue letters.

The Market: 

  • 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.