Making IT accessible means creating and buying IT products and services that can be used by everyone, including people with disabilities. Depending on your job, that could mean a lot of different things.
- Adding captions to a promo video
- Adding keyboard access to a button
- Running character recognition on a scanned PDF
- Adding contract language that makes accessibility a product requirement
There are a lot of people that produce or buy some type of information technology at the University, and if you’re a web professional, that’s a huge part of your job. So if you’ve never thought about how accessibility influences your work, you should consider it. There are a number of issues that affect website accessibility, and it’s an increasingly important topic.
- About 1 in 5 people has some type of disability.
- Our global population is aging, so the trend is heading upward.
- Accessible technology is required in regulated industries in countries around the world.
- Inaccessible technology means missed opportunities to include many smart, talented people.
Educause published a great primer to IT accessibility last year: 7 Things You Should Know About IT Accessibility (pdf). Over the next few weeks, I’m going to use the same format to talk about the part of IT accessibility most relevant to web professionals: web accessibility.