Web Accessibility Service
Having an accessible website not only provides a better user experience for everyone and is good for business, but your website is required to meet certain accessibility standards.
The internet should be available to anyone despite their range of hearing, sight, movement or cognitive ability. When considering accessibility, you must think beyond disabilities and consider different technology and devices used to access your site, reliable or fast internet and even those accessing from a noisy environment.
Your website needs to be inclusive and truly accessible to all, including visitors using assitive technology. DrDesign has the training, experience and expertise to provide you with a website that meets and exceeds requirements.
Breaking Down The Requirements
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) define three levels of compliance:
- A level is basic accessibility that is essential
- AA level includes elements you should include
- AAA level includes elements you may include but are not required to
As technology constantly evolves and advances, we recommend leveraging all tools available to you because in the future those optional features may become required.
DrDesign provides WCAG 2.1 AA and WCAG 2.1 AAA experiences for your website visitors.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is committed to creating a barrier-free workplace, including websites. Our team will ensure your website meets or exceeds the standards according to your geographical area.
Leveraging Our Toolkit for Web Accessibility
To best serve our clients, we utilize a variety of tools to help us generate optimally accessible websites. Our comprehensive accessibility audits allow us to source problem areas and make suggestions on how to improve the issue.
Understanding the results of your audit will help you decide to address the issues on your existing site or invest in a complete redesign, using inclusive and accessible features in the foundation of your website.
Our professional team skillfully uses the latest tools like Siteimprove and Powermapper to identify obstacles and fix your existing website. Because Google now ranks accessible sites higher, we can assess your site and make appropriate changes to improve your Lighthouse and Pagespeed scores.
The Government of Canada has developed the Web Experience Toolkit (WET) which is a framework for building accessible, mobile-friendly websites that are multilingual and usable by all. The DrDesign team expertly utilizes WET to create your ideal compliant site equally serving users with disabilities.
We will equip your team for future success by providing inclusive content training for any forthcoming updates. Trust the team at DrDesign to ensure your website is accessible for all.
Why we all need accesible websites and web applications?
1. Inclusivity: It promotes equal opportunity and inclusion, allowing a broader audience to engage with your website.
2. Legal and regulatory compliance: In many countries, there are laws and regulations that require websites to be accessible to people with disabilities.
3. Enhanced user experience: Accessibility features often improve the user experience for all users, not just those with disabilities. Clear navigation, readable text, and well-organized content benefit everyone by making information easier to find and understand.
4. Expanded customer base: By catering to users with disabilities, you tap into a significant market segment that is often overlooked. People with disabilities, as well as their friends, family, and caregivers, represent a substantial consumer base that can contribute to your website’s traffic, engagement, and potential sales.
5. SEO: Many accessibility practices align with SEO best practices. For example, providing descriptive alternative text for images and using proper heading structure can improve search engine rankings and visibility, benefiting all users and potentially driving more organic traffic to your website.
6. Reputation and brand image: Demonstrating a commitment to accessibility sends a positive message about your organization’s values and social responsibility. It can enhance your brand’s reputation and improve public perception, as people appreciate companies that prioritize inclusivity and accessibility.
7. Future-proofing: Designing an accessible website from the start saves time and resources in the long run. It minimizes the need for retroactive accessibility fixes and allows for easier updates and maintenance as technology and accessibility standards evolve.