Digital accessibility gives people with diverse abilities equal access and opportunity to web content.
Litz Digital specializes in digital accessibility compliance, as defined by WCAG 2.1 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The services below work together to make your web content more accessible to people with disabilities and to promote a better web experience.
An accessibility audit is the first step in assessing the overall usability of your website for individuals with disabilities. The goal is to identify any items that do not comply with the WCAG standards and prioritize items that should be addressed first. This service includes a detailed report of findings as well as a meeting to discuss the report and answer questions about the results.
This is where the sleeves get rolled up and the grunt work happens. The scope of this work will be based on an existing accessibility audit. That audit will serve as the roadmap for fixing compliance issues and testing the fixes to ensure they adequately solve the issues. Automated testing can also be performed during remediation to offer better visibility of issues across your full website.
Ongoing Accessibility Support
Accessibility is not something you attain, but rather something you maintain. This service includes monthly accessibility scans and reporting using Tenon.io, review of the automated scans/reports, and fixes for any compliance issues found (max. 3 hours / quarter).
I provide in-person or virtual training sessions on accessibility best practices for content managers, designers, and developers. Each session will focus on key insights for maintaining accessibility across digital channels and will include time for Q&A.
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The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.
From a business standpoint, there’s a compelling case for prioritizing digital accessibility. Accessibility best practices are closely linked to improved user experience, which is a win for all users. When you take steps to make web accessibility a priority everyone benefits.
Roughly 25% of adults will have a temporary or permanent disability at some point in their lifetime (CDC.gov). Addressing barriers that prevent these users from engaging with your content can improve your business reach.
Digital accessibility is required for most businesses and ADA-related lawsuits continue to increase year over year (usablenet.com). By taking a proactive approach to fixing major accessibility issues, you can minimize your liability.
This question is important to ask of anyone who would audit your website for accessibility. Experts in the field of accessibility must be up to date on specification standards and best practices for addressing compliance issues.
I started working in the digital accessibility as an developer advocate, seeking to educate my peers on writing code that reflects accessibility best practices. I have been facilitating accessibility audits and user testing for three years and have worked with private businesses and government entities to improve their digital accessibility.
I am a member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and am currently working towards certification as a Web Accessibility Specialist.
Accessibility overlay plugins are quite popular for WordPress and promise to solve accessibility issues. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. There are certainly some automated tasks than can help, but it’s not a comprehensive solution. It some cases, these plugins actually conflict with the user’s system or web browser tools that are meant to help with accessibility.
Accessibility.Works has a great article called “Why Accessibility Overlay Solutions Fail to Protect or Serve”, which details the specific concerns business owners should be aware of with overlay plugins.