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Web Accessibility Information

“Web accessibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to websites, by people with disabilities”.

  • from the Wikipedia entry for Web Accessibility

An accessible website is created in a way that ensures equal access for users with disabilities such as hearing and visual impairment, cognitive disabilities and limited mobility. This includes, among other things, making sure styling is in line with best practices and that content is compatible with assistive devices like screen readers.

This article is intended to help you start planning and building a website that meets accessibility requirements laid out in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. You may also find this information helpful if you want to retrofit an existing website to comply with the guidelines, but the best approach is to plan with accessibility in mind when first building your website.

For more information on web accessibility, check out the following websites:

WebAIM.org

WebAIM offers a host of resources to help you learn more about web accessibility.

Wave Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool

The Wave tool will evaluate your website to determine how accessible it is and what you can do to improve that.