In 2018, the Department of Justice expects to propose rules to clarify and regulate website accessibility standards of public entities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. As technology continues to drive the exchange of information there is a need to address the website accessibility challenges and eliminate the information technology (IT) barriers that exclude people with disabilities from easily accessing websites.
Within the United States, there are more than 18 million non-institutionalized Americans who have a hearing or vision impairment. These Americans represent 6% of the United States total population. While the relative population may seem insignificant to the majority, keep in mind that this does not represent the entire disabled population. Even further, this is still nearly 20 million people who will face difficulties and/or barriers to accessing most websites.
Technology Use Creates Barriers
- Hard to access information and services.
- Assistive technologies provide access to computers.
- Barriers still exist.
Website Designs Impact Accessibility For Disabled
- Website designers assume that everyone sees and access a webpage in the same way.
- This assumption can frustrate assistive technologies and their users.
- Accessible website design recognizes these differences and does not require people to see, hear, or use a standard mouse in order to access the information and services provided.
Source: 2015 Disability Status Report, Cornell University, Prevalence of Disability Among Non-Institutionalized People of All Ages in the United States in 2015.