Definition of Web Accessibility

Web access­ibility refers to the inclusive practice of removing barriers that prevent intera­ction with or access to websites, by people with disabi­lities. When sites are correctly designed, developed, and edited, all users have equitable access to information and functi­ona­lity.

Definition of Disability

U.S. Federal Law defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such indivi­dual, a record of such an impair­ment, or being regarded as having such an impair­ment.

An Accessible Approach

Accessibility focuses on how a person with a disability accesses or benefits from a site, system, or application. Accessibility is an important part of designing your site and should be considered throughout the development process. Section 508 is the governing principle, and it requires that all government information be accessible to users with disabilities.

Implementing Accessibility

Accessible sites present information through multiple sensory channels, such as sound and sight, and they allow for additional means of site navigation and interactivity beyond the typical point-and-click-interface: keyboard-based control and voice-based navigation. The combination of a multisensory approach and a multi-interactive approach allows users with disabilities to access the same information as nondisabled users.

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