Accessibility is the ability to access a website, application, or software for people with disabilities that affect their hearing, vision, knowledge, and/or motor functions.
Web Accessibility ensures that everyone can access the content and functionalities of the website regardless of any physical barriers. Permanent disability aside, the website should also make it easier for people with any other type of disabilities such as temporary, situation or conditional disabilities.
Statistics about Accessibility
- 15% of the world's population lives with some form of disability, 2-4% of whom have significant functioning
- 2.2% of India's population lives with physical or mental disability.
- 13.9 million people have disabilities in the UK, including 19% of working age adults.
- 20% of Australians have a disability and no. of people aged 65 or over will reach 6.2 million by 2042.
- 56.7 million Americans are currently disabled, and no. of people aged 65 or over is expected to double to 98 million by 2060.
So, what does all this mean? If your website is not accessible, it means that you have excluded 20% of the world population from the conversation on your website. According to a survey, 71% of users with disabilities are leaving a website that is not accessible. Hence, it is significant that the website is accessible to everyone to offer equal access for people with disabilities.
Key Challenges Faced by People with Disabilities
- Inability to distinguish text without enlargement, especially small text.
- Difficulty in distinguishing colors between red & green, red & black, etc.
- Difficulty distinguishing low contrast text and graphics.
- Equivalent to seeing in shades of black, grey, and white.
- No vision (or extremely low vision).
- Inability or difficulty to use hands.
- Pain when moving hands or other parts of the body.
- Tremors in hands, making it difficult to use a mouse.
- Slow movements of the hands or other parts of the body (feet, arms, elbows, head, etc.) used for computer input as an alternative to the hands.
- Cognitive overload with large amounts of information.
- Limited problem-solving skills.
- Difficulty understanding or using Math.
- Attention deficit or distractibility.
- Short-term memory deficits.
- Inability or difficulty to produce speech sounds.
- Difficulty maintaining speech fluency.
- Difficulty of distinguishing speech sounds in languages.
- Inability to produce a speaking voice.
- Difficulty or complete inability to hear sounds.
- May have difficulty understanding even loud speech.
- Some people understand sign language better than written language.
Assistive Technologies for Users with Different Abilities
- Touch screens
- Alternative keyboards
- Single switch devices
- Eye tracking technologies
- Speech generating software
- Word prediction software
- Screen reader
- Screen magnifier
- Braille Displays
- Contrast enhancement or color reversal software
- Hearing aids
- Cochlear implants, and/or other devices
- Screen readers
- Screen overlays
- Ad blockers and other similar tools
- Personal assistants(human beings)
- Vertical Keyboard with Mouse Stick
- One Handed Keyboard
- Expanded Keyboard with Raised Sections Between Keys
- Speech recognition software
- Head wand
- Mouth stick
At Quadrant Resource, we provide a complete suite of accessibility testing services, allowing businesses to identify vulnerabilities in their digital experience, integrate exceptional methods into common operations and resolve issues quickly. Our expert team will test your digital features and recommend updates to make sure all users are perceivable, understandable, operable, and robust.
We have in-depth knowledge and proven experience of accessibility requirements set forth ADA compliance services, WCAG 2.0, Section 508, etc. and help make your web/application accessibility compliant. We help companies become truly accessible and comprehensive for their employees and customers with disabilities. Our accessibility testing service makes the text resolution, navigation, appearance, and features of the website or app more attractive and user friendly.
Why Quadrant Resource for accessibility
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