Hammersmith Support clients have long enjoyed having their websites accessible to all users due to our implementation of accessibility-certified design. We are now offering website accessibility and remediation services through a tool added to your website that displays at the bottom of each page. This tool allows users to make visual and customizable changes right on their screen!
According to the latest statistics, over half of the world’s population is now online and growing rapidly. However, many websites are not accessible to those with visual, auditory, or motor impairments, which can prevent them from accessing information online.
What is Website Accessibility?
Website accessibility means that everyone, regardless of their abilities, can access a website and use its features and content. This includes people who are blind, deaf, have limited mobility, or cognitive disabilities.
To make a website accessible, designers and developers need to ensure that it can be navigated and read by people who use screen readers, have low vision, or use alternative input devices such as voice recognition software or assistive technologies. The website must be designed in such a way that it is easy to understand and use, with appropriate contrast and color schemes, well-structured content, clear labels and headings, and readable fonts.
Web Accessibility Remediation
According to ADA title III, federal agencies and their contractors are required to conform with WCAG 2.0. Private businesses are not legally required to comply, but their websites do have to be accessible. Websites that are not accessible are at risk of being sued and facing unnecessary legal expenses.
We recommend the use of our web accessibility tool to solve this problem. According to our research, this is the most affordable and simple solution in the market.
Our service provides:
- ADA, WCAG 2.1 Level AA& Section 508 compliance
- An accessibility statement and certification of performance.
- Ongoing maintenance involving re-scan of your website every 24 hours.
How Does It Work?
Our new service can be applied to any website. Once in place, the service places an icon at the bottom of every page the user navigates to. With one click, the user can adjust the page to:
- be a safe seizure view by removing flashes and reducing color
- enhanced visuals for the visually impaired
- an ADHD view with fewer distractions and clearer focus
- assist with reading and focus
- keyboard driven navigation
- screen readers for users who are blind
Why Is It Beneficial?
All Hammersmith Support designed websites meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines that are approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The WCAG ensures that a website meets all the criteria for consumers with varying abilities. Our latest accessibility service offering creates easier access to these tools that are so beneficial to website users.
In addition, website accessibility:
The Americans with Disabilities Act protects individuals with disabilities and has created many of the standards with which companies are required to comply. Failure to comply with these laws can result in lawsuits and significant fines. Making websites accessible to all can help to reduce the liability of discrimination against people with disabilities. If a company ignores those standards and/or refuses to comply, it can spell big legal trouble.
Social Responsibility and Inclusion
Accessibility is a matter of social responsibility and inclusion. People with disabilities should have access to the same information, services, and opportunities as everyone else. Websites that are accessible can help to level the playing field and ensure everyone has equal access to education, employment, healthcare, government services, and other important resources.
An accessible website is easier to use for everyone. By designing a website that is easy to navigate and understand, visitors are more likely to stay on the site longer, engage with the content, and return in the future. This can lead to increased customer loyalty and improved brand reputation.
Search engines place a high value on website accessibility. Many functions required for a website to be accessibility certified are also beneficial for search engine rankings. Background information on images like alt text, captions, and titles are necessary for a visually impaired individual, but it’s also great information for web crawlers to use in evaluating and ranking your site.
Ready to Get Started?
Our new accessibility services are available for as little as $500—and we offer competitive pricing for large-scale businesses based on volume. Schedule a complimentary 30-minute meeting to discuss how we can help ensure your website is accessibility certified.