Website Accessibility Auditing
Web accessibility: Allowing people with disabilities to use the
Web. More specifically, Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can perceive,
understand, navigate, and interact with the Web.
With the passage of the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, and
recent amendments to Section 508 and the Web-wide-world consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
(W3C/WCAG), local, state, federal and agency/organizational websites must be made accessible to persons using
assistive technology devices such as screen readers, screen magnification and Braille output devices.
Why Web Accessibility is Important
Our Miami Lighthouse website auditing team has provided support to over 100 customers in retail, education, employment,
government, commerce, health care, recreation, and many more sectors. It is essential that the Web be accessible in order
to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with disabilities. An accessible Web can also help people with
disabilities more actively participate in society.
Sample Questions to be considered:
- Do the foreground and background colors have sufficient contrast for low vision
- Are your headings in logical order?
- Do button/links have a text label to determine their actions when activated?
- Do your videos have audio tracks?
When developing or redesigning a site, evaluating accessibility early and throughout the
development process can identify accessibility problems when it is easier to address them. Simple techniques
such as changing settings in a browser can determine if a Web page meets some accessibility guidelines. A
comprehensive evaluation to determine if a site meets all accessibility guidelines is much more complex.
Let us help you make your website ADA compliant
The Miami Herald's September 13 edition included Virginia Jacko's Op-Ed article, "Give visually
impaired better internet access."
This article's purposes included helping readers understand:
- Why companies and organizations should make their online services accessible to
blind and visually impaired Internet users.
- How including keyboard-enabled interfaces can make digital content more accessible.
- Services that Miami Lighthouse can provide to private and public organizations to
increase accessibility of their website content.
To read the article click here.
Click here to read
CEO Virginia Jacko's article in the Association of Corporate Counsels of South Florida newsletter.
Click here to
read "Avoiding Litigation: Is Your Website Accessible to Visually, Hearing
Impaired?" an article published in the Daily Business Review
co-authored by Miami Lighthouse Board Director Steven Solomon.