Did you know that approximately 12.6% or nearly 40 million Americans have a disability? and that 13.3% of all Nevadans live with a disability?
- 2.1% are age 4 and under
- 6.6% are between the ages of 5 and 15
- 5.7% are between the ages of 16 to 20
- 11.6% are between the ages of 21 to 64
- 26.1% are between the ages of 65 to 74
- and 48.3% are age 75+
The individuals mentioned in the statistics above are trying to make their way in the world just like you and I. Think about how much information we gain just by interacting with devices and the internet in a single day? Boggles the mind, doesn't it?
- Ever experienced the frustration of clicking on a link and nothing happened?
- Have you ever tried to fill out a form and on submittal found the form wouldn't submit and you couldn't tell which field was causing the error?
- Ever submitted a form and couldn't tell if the submittal was successful?
All of us have experienced these types of frustrations while surfing the web. Image being a blind person and unable to see the page and nothing informs you the form won't submit. Just nothing happens without providing you any feedback. This is often the experience of screen reader users when websites and documents are not ADA compliant.
Disabled individuals are looking for the same internet surfing experience the rest of us take for granted. They want to be able to view websites, search engine results, read documents, fill out forms and gather information without assistance at any time of the day or night just like any other internet user.
Elements that provide the same experience for disabled users are typically part of good design practices and benefits the agency or organization in a number of ways. These can include providing better Search Engine Optimization (SEO), improving usability for all types of visitors, helps to build a positive public relations experience for your agency or organization as well as avoids discrimination and legal complications while increasing your audience.