A ramp is the epitome of access; no one would dismiss a ramp as not being accessible. In fact, some people even go to the extent of using the existing ramps as proof that locations are now accessible. Aren’t ramps enough? Regarding both onsite locations AND websites, the answer is no.
The Ramp to Technology
When it comes to technology, ramps are certainly not that useful. Maybe there is a scenario or two in which they may, but in general, ramps are not the answer for creating accessibility for websites or apps for people with dexterity disabilities. Many people with dexterity disabilities cannot physically access their computer, tablet, or phone in the original manner the designers planned. However, there is a solution! Switch is the metaphorical ramp of technology.
Switch provides access to a plethora of technologies through an innovative system. However, the capabilities of Switch are meaningless when blockaded by a lack of compatibility; programs must be compatible with Switch in order for the said programs to be accessible. This is where Switch testing comes into play.
A Little History
On July 26th, 1990, George H. W. Bush signed into law the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). This year marked the 28th anniversary of this Civil Rights document. The ADA was passed with the intent of creating an equal opportunity for people with disabilities by protecting their rights and preventing discrimination in all areas of public life.
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 has furthered their findings and set the precedent with several cases, specifically the suit against Peapod which requires companies to ensure that their websites and mobile applications are accessible to individuals with disabilities, specifically users with limited manual dexterity.
The Importance of Switch Testing
The importance of Switch compatibility goes beyond being in compliance with the law. Millions of website and app users depend on accessibility features within software in order to operate them effectively via Switch. If these critical features are not present, many users may find these services unusable.
When it comes to accessibility and the market, every business owner should be evaluating how accessible their services really are to ensure a strong market base now and into the future. Those of us with disabilities are here and ready to use your product(s). So please create an inclusive service that is accessible to all, even if it is not by building that notorious, physical ramp. Test your products and ensure that they are compatible with Switch so they are accessible to all.
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