Section 508 of Rehabilitation Act followed by WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) puts up a strong demand for “Accessible Websites” in the IT industry. What developing accessible websites essentially means is to follow the content development and website development guidelines to make a website that is accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities. That includes individuals having disabilities like blindness, hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, speech disabilities, or any combination of these.
What Are Web Accessibility Standards?
Accessibility standards are essentially the checkpoints for an accessible website or any other media. They are integrated into the website by performing simple tasks in the funnel. These are performed according to WCAG compliance and guidelines.
Complying With Web Standards
When the websites and tools are perfectly designed and coded, even people with disabilities can use them. However, most of the sites are developed with an accessibility barrier that makes them difficult or impossible for some people to use.
1 billion people worldwide are living with disabilities.
285 million people have vision impairments.
246 million have low vision.
39 million people are blind.
82% of people with blindness are aged above 50.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
As stated by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the web represents a unique opportunity to utilize technologies and offer maximum levels of access to written, audio, and video content to those suffering from disabilities.
W3C has set the main international standards for the World Wide Web and its accessibility for people with disabilities. W3C created the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) on an international level. These guidelines are divided into three levels of compliance- A (must support), AA (should support) and AAA (may support).
Level Access has a company-wide commitment to making sure that technology is accessible to all people, including those with disabilities. As a part of this commitment, our website has been designed to comply with the requirements of Section 508 of the U.S Rehabilitation Act and comply with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA.
Cogdina & Accessibility
At Cogdina, we aim at pursuing digital equality, which makes the content accessible to all, along with providing expertise, implementation, scalability, and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance and compliance with federal and international accessibility regulations. By making websites accessible for people of all kinds, Cogdina cuts off the bias between the users and the websites, and that’s what makes it the best web development company providing web accessibility services in Waterloo and Toronto.
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