Overlays are not the solution to your accessibility problem

In the long run they will hurt, not help your approach to people with disabilities

How can you fix what you can’t detect?

Overlays lull stakeholders into thinking they don’t have to care about accessibility

Overlay vendor’s guarantees are meaningless

Overlays address the symptoms of the problem without treating the root cause

Overlays never “solve” the problem the way the USERS want it solved

Overlays only “work” in the web world, when the world is moving to mobile

Overlays may impact security and performance

In the end, overlays will not be sufficient to avoid lawsuits and legal judgments

Conclusion

Remember, if it seems too good to be true …

… it probably is

Blogger, disability advocate, nerd. Bringing the fire on ableism. A11y Architect @ VMware. Wheelchair user w/ a deaf daughter. CS, Law, and Business background

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