Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2017
An accessible website is a must for schools and districts--not just because of the requirements outlines in the American with Disabilities Act and Section 504, but because everyone deserves a great web browsing experience, no matter what disabilities they may have. It's easy to forget that the end goal is to improve access to online content when you're bogged down in the details of WCAG. Global Accessibility Awareness Day, established in 2012, challenges designers and developers (that's us!) to focus on making digital content more accessible and inclusive of people with different disabilities. By taking some time to experience digital accessibility for ourselves, we can come to appreciate the effect we can have on millions of people around the world with some level of disability.
Edlio challenged all team members, from sales to developers and tech support to the chiefs, to complete one hour doing one of the following activities:
- Go mouseless - ditch the mouse and navigate through an Edlio website or one of your favorite sites using just your keyboard (here's how). Tip: use Chrome for this!
- Use a screen reader - stash the mouse AND navigate using only a screen reader. Apple has a built-in tool called VoiceOver to use (CMD + F5 to enable or disable).
- Check color contrast - Review a website to check for color contrast using a tool like WebAIM's contrast checker. Is it still readable?
- BONUS: Check the order of elements - view a site without CSS to see if a screen reader can still easily read the page. Screen readers read code in the order it is presented, so by disabling CSS you can see if your site's code is readable to screen readers.
Sounds easy, right? Well, maybe not - our team members had a tricky time completing the challenges!