It is estimated that around 1 billion people will experience a disability once in their life. Being mindful of those that are different makes experiences better for all people involved. That’s why our business tool of the week is: UserWay, a RaaS™ or Remediation as a Service™ tool to help you make your website accessible to people with disabilities.
What does UserWay do?
As they explain it themselves:
“UserWay creates advanced website accessibility solutions that help ensure ADA compliance without refactoring your website’s existing code.
UserWay is a quick and easy to integrate technology that can take your website to new audiences, making your user experience more inclusive and accessible. This RaaS can help you check off more requirements for various international and national disabilities regulations. Including WCAG 2.1, ADA, and other important standards bodies. You can start making your website more accessible right now with UserWay!
Who is behind UserWay?
UserWays is made up of professionals with decades of knowledge and a passion for bringing digital accessibility to reality. It is a team of technology leaders, engineers, and forward thinkers that understand the importance of making the online world welcoming for all.
What are the WCAG and ADA?
These acronyms stand for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the American Disabilities Act. They are the most important regulatory pieces when it comes to digital and online accessibility.
These two institutions are the ones that set the parameters that qualify a website as accessible or not. A basic guide to accessibility content on a website should be POUR.
- Perceivable, meaning it has to be perceivable by at least one of their senses
- Operable, it cannot require unperformable interaction from users
- Understandable, users should be able to understand content and action on the website
- Robust, the website must be robust enough to be interpreted by assistive tools
How to make your website WCAG and ADA compliant?
To make your website WCAG & ADA compliant you will need to check off the list of parameters that qualify a site as accessible. Meaning the content on your page must be adaptable to differently-abled people.
You can accomplish this by going off item by item or using a tool like UserWay to get you there faster and more easily.
Why does making your website accessible matter?
Accessibility is not just about complying with regulations and getting checkmarks, it’s about what your brand stands for and who you want to be buying your product or visiting your website. There are 3 major reasons why getting an UserWay plan makes sense for your website.
- Be there for your users
Just one tiny change can make your site more accessible and friendlier to those with disabilities. People who want your product or service, that is how they end up on your site, and will now be able to get it comfortably.
- Expand your business
Make sure you get your message and sell postings across to the people searching for your products or services. Not everybody can access information the same way, so the best solution is to create content that can translate to most people, that’s what UserWay helps you do.
- Get ranked on search engines (SEO)
A lot of the details that go into making website content accessible are also useful for SEO best practices. Things like image descriptions, among other things, also help you rank higher when people search for particular keywords.