What is accessibility?
We fully acknowledge that NW Media Collective isn’t as accessible as it could be (as of July 2019). Our product team is actively researching ways to improve the site programmatically, and we’re currently working on making our alternative text more descriptive and captions more consistent.
Web accessibility is a set of rules, guidelines, code standards and design rules, that are meant to allow people with disabilities, which comprise 20% of the world’s population, to effectively use a website. To achieve this, the W3C (The World Wide Web Consortium) has created the “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines” 2.1 (WCAG 2.1), which are meant to explain and guide developers on how to make accessible websites. These guidelines have been adopted by governments around the world and are now a part of various legislations, such as the ADA, Section 508, EN 301549, and others.
The WCAG focuses mainly on three areas of accessibility: blind people using screenreaders (JAWS, NVDA), users with motor impairments that are using the keyboard, and a variety of other disabilities such as color blindness, epilepsy, and minor visual impairments that are mainly focus on the UI and design of the website (color contrasts, animations, fonts, etc.)
Does my website need to be compliant?
It’s a tough call. In general it should be compliant to help everyone have access to the internet. There hasn’t been a governing body over the internet pushing the ADA standards, so in a way its sort of a new thing now. Atleast there is movement to making the web more accessable.
If you were to build a home right now, you would get permits which would require ADA bathrooms and other things to make the home accessable. Well if your building a website, no one is checking for your permits. The internet standards are changing all the time, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 defines how to make Web content more accessible to people with disabilities.
We’ve been seeing more and more companies being sued for not having an Accessible website. This is why we wanted to provide a solution that would help website owners make their websites fully ADA compliant.
Can we help?
There has been a lot in the news lately about website owners being sued for not being accessible. Most of these are what we call drive-by lawsuits, but the reality is that as web developers we need to start making sites accessible.
Whether you have an immediate accessibility need or are building a program for scale, NW Media Collective delivers results. We make your website comply with the WCAG 2.1 at the AA level, the ADA, Section 508, and the EN 301549. We also rescan the site and update yearly to meet the WCAG guidelines.
In 48 to 72 hours we can usaully have issues resolved and the website will meet ADA guidelines.