Ten basic accessibility facts

All accessibility managers should be comfortable communicating the following facts and the reasons behind them.

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Tilted sign that says “Back to Basics” hanging on black chalkboard

Fact #1: All accessibility (digital and physical) is a civil right.

Fact #2: People with disabilities are the largest minority group in the United States.

Complicated CDC chart delineating disability rates, described in narrative
Complicated CDC chart delineating disability rates, described in narrative
From the CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/infographic-disability-impacts-all.html

Fact #3: Disability is not caused by a medical condition

Fact # 4: No overlay or plugin by itself is ever going to make your digital property WCAG 2.0 Level AA compliant.

Fact # 5: The biggest bang for your accessibility buck will always be captioning your videos.

Fact # 6: If your digital property doesn’t work with the keyboard, it will NEVER be accessible no matter how accessible it is in other areas

Fact # 7: If your digital property isn’t responsive, it will NEVER be accessible no matter how accessible it is in other areas

Fact #8: The best accessible and usable experience starts with design.

Fact #9: At least 50 % of your testers need to be employees with disabilities

Final Fact: If your experience isn’t accessible, you are part of the problem

Written by

Accessibility Architect @ VMware. W3C Silver, ITI & IAAP GLC committees. Degrees in CS, law, business. Wheelchair user w/ a deaf daughter.

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