Web accessibility means that websites, tools, and technologies are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them.
Why accessibility is important
The web offers many opportunities for people with disabilities that are unavailable through any other medium. It provides independence and freedom. For example, imagine you were blind and could not fill out a registration form to schedule a dentist appointment. Or what if you were a student trying to study for school, but the website you needed to access was inaccessible? Accessibility makes the internet an equal playing field for everyone. We all deserve the opportunity to learn through the internet.
Did you know, according to worldbank.org: “one billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability. Persons with disabilities, on average, as a group, are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes than persons without limitations.
Most people don’t intend to exclude people with disabilities. Most are simply unaware. As organizations and designers become aware of accessibility, they will ensure that their content is fixed.