Making your website and electronic communications accessible to everyone, regardless of their ability or disability, can be a daunting task. But if there is anything that WeCo hopes to achieve as a company, it is promoting the idea that accessibility is a real possibility for any organization, group, company or individual who wants to provide it.
The blog entries that will be following this post will be focused on practical and realistic ways any person or organization and can work towards, and achieve, a website or e-communication venue, that is more accessible than before, and is on the right track to being more so as time moves forward.
The years of website accessibility work I did as a government public servant, as well as what I’m learning now by assisting large companies, nonprofit organizations and small business owners, have taught me that the largest barrier to accessibility is a lack of knowledge. In truth, you don’t need a bevy of fancy automated tools or a large bank account to begin the work and achieve the objective of access. (Certainly, these things help and may be required given the scope of your project and reporting needs of your organization.) The most important thing you can do is listen to the needs of disabled users and allow yourself to be open to developing in a new and different ways.
We hope you will enjoy our upcoming posts which will focus on topics such as:
- Steps for beginning accessibility planning
- Ways you can factor employees who live with disabilities into your planning
- Considerations for accessible website redesigns and selecting accessible templates
Wishing your organization an new year full of accessible possibilities, from WeCo’s Accessibility Team!