Website accessibility is a hot topic in recent years, never more so than during the pandemic we’ve been faced with these last couple of years. The move for change and for giving disabled people the same freedom of access to online sites as everybody else has been gaining increasing support. So much so that it is a legal requirement in many countries to make your website accessible to those with disabilities. And the evidence shows that people are taking this very seriously. The number of lawsuits around website accessibility have increased in their thousands in the past few years. Some high-profile cases have drawn more attention to the issue. An effective and quick solution for your website is an accessibility overlay which means the hard work is done for you. It can detect and correct any accessibility issues it finds on your site for you.
Benefits of website accessibility
An obvious benefit is stated above – you will be obeying the law. And you will also be protecting your company’s reputation. But the benefits don’t stop there.
There are approximately 1.3 billion disabled people in the world so to have a website with the potential for this many more visitors and customers has got to be good for business. Also, to think about, having an accessible website will place you higher in search engine rankings.
But the main benefit and reason to get on board with this is that it is the right and decent thing to do and can help make a difference in people’s lives. No one should be left out and excluded from a website because of an accessibility issue.
Having an accessible website actually benefits all of your site’s visitors. It makes things clearer for everyone to understand and follow. For example, I know for me, the amount of times I’ve been watching a video but had to keep the sound low or off because of a sleeping baby, and I have really appreciated the use of subtitles to be able to follow the video. I don’t have a hearing impairment, but I have benefited from this accessibility issue being addressed.
Using an accessibility overlay, as mentioned above, is a great way to get your website accessible. It’s quick, it’s simple, it’s cheap and it works. It can help put your mind at ease from a legal point of view and can bring many benefits to you and your company.