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What does Web Accessibility mean?

Web accessibility refers to the practice of making Web site content accessible and usable to people with sensory or age related disabilities. This means, they are able to understand, interact, navigate and contribute to Web sites as easily as people without disabilities.

Web Accessibility and the Law.

In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to make electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.  Section 508 was implemented to eliminate barriers in information technology and give people with disabilities new opportunities to access the Web. Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. `794d), government agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to access available to others.

Web Accessibility as a Corporate and Social Issue.

Every person is entitled to equal access to web information – not only for business, but for personal use as well.

When an organization’s Web site content isn’t accessible, it excludes people with disabilities from society. Recent studies indicate that ten percent of the U.S. population between the ages of 18-64 has a disability. Why risk excluding these customers from having access to your service, retail or corporate business Web site?

Accessibility empowers people with disabilities to be a valuable part of society.
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Related Links:

Section 508 Facts

Section 508 Standards

W3C WCAG 2.0