WCAG 2.0 and Disabilities

February 16, 2016

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) is a set of international standards recognized by many countries, including Japan, Australia, Germany, Canada, and the U.S. These standards outline a robust list of success criteria with the goal of making web content more accessible for people with disabilities.

WCAG 2.0 considers a number of broad categories that the majority of disabilities fall under, including:

  • Blindness
  • Color Blindness
  • Low Vision
  • Deafness
  • Motor Disabilities
  • Cognitive Disabilities

For organizations that are relatively new to information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility, and are seeking to meet accessibility guidelines and standards through their web-based products and services, the above-mentioned categories can initially appear quite daunting. However, it is important to keep in mind that the needs for many of the categories frequently overlap with one another.

For instance, individuals with vision loss who rely on a screen reading program such as JAWS are unable to see the mouse. Individuals with tremors or motor disabilities may also be unable to physically manipulate the mouse or keyboard. “Puff and sip” devices activated by airflow from the mouth, speech-to-text solutions, and screen readers such as JAWS all interact with computers and devices that rely heavily on keyboard functionality. Therefore, creating a website that is keyboard accessible will largely meet the needs of people with a wide range of disabilities.

Webinars on Accessibility

Registration is now open for a webinar series provided by the National Experts in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility. Join us for this 2-part webinar series entitled: Starting or Revamping an Accessibility Program in an Organization.

Part 1: From Research to Practice

March 1st, 2016: 1:00pm – 2:30pm (EST)
Overview: Leading experts in the field discuss how to take an organization-wide approach to accessibility that goes beyond just the technical aspects.
Registration Link: From Research to Practice

Part 2: Case Studies of Successful Accessibility Integration, and Q&A

March 15th, 2016: 1:00pm – 2:30pm (EST)
Overview: Presenters from across the country including state government, federal government and industry will share their real-world successes when implementing accessibility within an organization.
Registration Link: Case Studies of Successful Accessibility Integration, and Q&A

John Rempel

About the Author

John has 17 years of experience working with people with disabilities.

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