Making content accessible is why the internet exists
The power of the Web, according to its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, is in its ability to be shared by all people.
Yet a 2022 survey of 1 million home pages found 96.8% of them had accessibility issues.
If access and inclusion are among your organisational values, a digital accessibility content writer can help.
1 in 6 Australians identify as living with disability
It’s likely some of your online communities struggle to access your site.
As an accessibility-aware content writer, I keep digital accessibility front-of-mind. Web pages, digital documents, social media posts, emails, and videos created to meet the needs of the broadest range of users.
I can also run basic audits to identify digital accessibility issues. Where simple fixes exist, I can provide a DIY list. If you’re not confident fiddling with your website’s innards, I can make the adjustments for you.
For more technical and complex issues, I can connect you with a specialist from my network of W3C-accredited accessibility experts.
Digital accessibility is more than a checklist
Accessible and inclusive content is about human rights, not compliance.
It’s about ensuring real people with disabilities, or temporary impairments can use your digital content.
Accessibility is about user experience.
Alternative text descriptions for images, compatibility with screen reader technology, keyboard-only navigation.
Captioning for video presentations and visual indicators in place of audio cues.
Compatibility with assistive technologies such as alternative keyboards, eye control, sip/puff switches or other adaptive hardware to help type and navigate.
Predictable, uncluttered screen content, plain language, and consistent navigation are useful for people with learning and processing differences.
And it’s not only those with a disability who benefit
- Transcripts help people skim information.
- Captions are useful in noisy environments or when turning on sound is not appropriate.
- Larger font and navigation buttons help people with age-related vision or hand tremors.
- Audio alternatives can be useful in low-light situations.
- Plain language respects people with lower literacy or recent arrivals to Australia.
The benefits and conveniences are countless. By making your digital content as accessible as possible for people with permanent disabilities, you help all users.
What about accessibility overlays?
Accessibility overlays are extra bits of code or software added to websites that allow visitors to make their own adjustments. They can be a helpful stopgap for businesses working to improve their accessibility.
But they are not a complete solution and can sometimes create issues for users. The tools can not only miss problems, they can also interfere with the assistive technologies people use to navigate the Web.
Truth is, there is no quick fix for digital accessibility.
If you choose to use an overlay, do so knowing it might not be helping all your web visitors.
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How I keep my house in order
Digital accessibility is a journey rather than a destination.
I spend time each week learning more, so I can improve my site and share my knowledge with clients.
I know this site is not perfect and I’m working to improve it. If you have difficulty using any part of my site, please let me know.