Global Accessibility Awareness Day
Published on 21 May 2020
May 21, 2020 marks the ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day, or GAAD. As the GAAD website tells us, the purpose of the day is "to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access/inclusion and people with different disabilities". With this in mind, we posed the following question to the members of our OpenCities teams:
“What's something you do in your role that helps make our product, and the sites of our clients, more accessible?”
Educating the users who create content on their sites. It's what not only makes it accessible to start off with, but keeps it that way year in and year out.
I have a few vision-impaired and blind friends online who have expressed a willingness to help me out sometimes, so I occasionally ask them to check out a control I’m building. Having said that, remembering that web accessibility isn’t just about vision!
I use the Hemingway App most times to make sure I’m doing the best I can to be at the right reading level.
I make sure to choose colors that are accessible against the typography and other connecting colors - sometimes this means slightly tweaking colors or finding other ways to incorporate brand colors into the design while still keeping appropriate contrast compliance.
Reminding, during the sales process and the demo process, that if the website isn’t accessible, its not serving the people that often needs self-service options the most.
Ensuring that we are thinking about accessibility at all steps of our process, not just the visual design or the coding, helps guide us towards creating the right solution.
These were only some of the responses received, but they help remind us we all have a part to play in digital accessibility. Whether you're creating site content or a visual design, writing some CSS, or performing one of many other tasks, you can help ensure all users are included.
To discover more about digital accessibility, please see these other OpenCities insights: