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05 December 2017

How Designing for Accessibility Will Improve User Experience (Part 1)

In October of 2017, Amar Trivedi gave a presentation at the Baltimore WordCamp on how designing for accessibility improves the user experience.

In part one of this two-part series, we dispel myths about who is responsible for accessibility, present some startling facts and outline reasons for why you should consider accessibility.

In part two we continue to unpeel the layers of accessibility in regard to the user experience. We also provide (#) of valuable resources you can use to check your website for accessibility.

accessibility infographic

It is a misnomer that accessibility is the responsibility of the webmaster.

Designers, project managers, copywriters, editors and anyone else who works with the website should think about accessibility.

It is not one singular person’s responsibility but rather the collective of everyone to ensure that a website stays in compliance with section 508.

more than 1 billion people worldwide with disabilities infographic

Some startling facts about disabilities

 

  • Worldwide 15% of the population have a disability.
  • In the U.S.A. 1 in 5 have a disability.
  • Those who have a disability are not within a static group.
  • There are 4 common distinctions of disabilities, visual, auditory, motor and cognitive. However, there are other disabilities that may not fall within these 4 general distinctions.

the 4 common disabilities infographic

Accessibility is more than a buzz word.

You want to show your users that you care. By taking the time to ensure your website is accessible to all users you are proving that no matter how they access your site they are important to you.

While there is no guarantee that if you follow accessibility best practices your SEO will improve, as explained by web accessibility expert Karl Grove in the accessibility & SEO myth. There are a few points where accessibility and SEO intersect.

  • Page titles
  • Headings
  • Alt attributes
  • Link text

If you understand how accessibility and SEO overlap you can successfully optimize for both.

 

Consistency is key to your implementing and maintenance of accessibility on your website.

 

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