The BIG Question
Does your nonprofit have an accessible website? As a starting point, try testing your site using these free tools:
- Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE) by WebAIM. Enter a website address and the tool will give you information on accessibility errors and warnings, displayed right near the corresponding element on the web page, along with information on correcting issues it finds.
- CheckMyColours.com. This site provides (very!) detailed analysis for color usage on a web page, including contrast ratio, brightness difference and color difference.
- Additionally, if you’d like a taste of what it’s like to use screen reader software, like people with vision-related disabilities often do, open your organization’s website using the free, browser-based screen reader tool WebAnywhere. It’s can be a real eye-opener!
Wait…What is Web Accessibility?
People generally associate the topic of web accessibility with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but I like to think of web accessibility as the practice of making websites with content, features and functionality that people of all abilities can access and use.
Benefits of an Accessible Website
There are many benefits to having a website programmed to accessibility standards, including:
- The site works in any browser and on any mobile device.
- Greater search engine visibility.
- Ability to easily update content or appearance without having to re-do the entire site.
- Faster access on low bandwidth or mobile devices.
For More Information
There are two main sources in the United States for guidelines on Web accessibility: