Creating a Website Accessibility Statement
ADA compliant website cases have been popping up in web design news feeds. Website owners are beginning to see how important it is to have a website that is accessible to people of all abilities. In addition to assessing and fixing blatantly inaccessible elements of your site, it is a good idea to create a website accessibility statement. It is important to let users know that you’re trying, that you care, and that you’re willing to fix mistakes that make it difficult for them to use your site.
Website Accessibility Components
While there is no firm outline of what an accessibility statement should consist, there are a few things that you should include.
- Let users know that you are constantly working to make the website more accessible.
- Let users know that if they experience difficulty with your site that they can contact you.
- Share some browser compatibility information if you’d like.
W3C, the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web, has developed an accessibility statement tool to help you create a statement for your website.
Sample Website Accessibility Statement
CourseVector takes website accessibility seriously. If you use assistive technology (such as a Braille reader, a screen reader, or TTY) and the format of any material on this website interferes with your ability to access information, please contact us. To help us address the problem quickly, please indicate the nature of your accessibility issue, the preferred format in which to receive the material, the URL of the requested material, and your contact information. Users who need accessibility assistance can also contact us by phone through the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY/Voice communication.
Accessibility Design Guidelines
We strive to comply with website accessibility standards. If you have difficulty accessing the site or have any comments or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Browser Accessibility Information
Many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools.
Adobe Reader makes viewing and printing PDF documents that appear on this website easier. To download this program for free, visit the Adobe website. To read PDF documents with a screen reader, please visit the Adobe Reader Accessibility website which provides useful tools and resources.
More Accessibility tools and tips
Alt Tags for Accessibility
Creating Accessible PDFs
Accessible Poetry Plugin Review
The National Center on Disability and Access to Education’s accessible content “Cheatsheets” — Accessible Web Content
Creating Accessible PDFs
As always, if you’re unsure whether your website meets legal guidelines, you’ll need to consult a lawyer who specializes in website accessibility.
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