Achieve Digital Accessibility – Make your product available to everyone!
Over 1 Billion people are having some sort disability worldwide i.e. 15% of total population
Making your product/App (whether it is a web application or mobile application) accessible is no longer a non-functional requirement. It is now a necessity and must be part of product engineering life-cycle. Ignoring accessibility scenarios can result in serious consequences including legal suits, and customer dissatisfaction.
Importance of accessibility is increasing day by day. Key drivers of accessibility compliance is economics, legal regulations and social responsibility
- More than a billion people are estimated to live with some form of disability (based on latest WHO population estimates). This is about 15% of world’s population. In Australia this is nearly 20% of the population. One in six person in Europe has some sort of disability.
- The number of people with disabilities is growing as national populations grow older and global chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, increase.
- Using digital technologies can be a problem not just for the visually impaired but for a much wider section of the community. Hearing impairment, dementia, arthritis, attention deficit disorder, and dyslexia are just some of the conditions that can make it hard for people to utilize the Web.
- New wave of regulation in past five years and more litigation: 61 U.S. lawsuits filed since Jan 2015 for inaccessible websites.
- Dept. of Education Office for Civil Rights recently opened 350 investigations against websites at educational entities
- Since 2014, U.S. federal agencies and contractors are legally obligated to strive to make 7% of their workforce staffed by people with disabilities
- The U.S. Department of Labor estimated in August 2013 that PWD have twice the unemployment rate of that of the general population (14.1% versus 7.6%, respectively).
- Everyone wants to be treated well and want to treat others the way we want to be treated. The small steps we take to enable social inclusion “making it easier to work, travel, shop, watch a movie, surf the Internet” will have a significantly large impact on people with disabilities. Disability is part of the human condition, almost everyone will be temporarily or permanently affected by a disability at some point in life.
- Eliminating barriers that prevent people from fully participating in the society is not only the right thing to do, but universal accessibility standards and Universal Design principles enrich the lives of all: from families travelling with young children and older parents to shoppers to tourists to students of all ages to those with a disability and those who will over time develop a disability.
How can HCL help with accessibility?
We are trusted by many of the best known brands in the world to help them achieve their accessibility goals. Every member of our team is a trusted tester certified (https://www.dhs.gov/trusted-tester), and we are actively involved in validating and certifying products against international web standards including Section 508, WCAG, CVAA and WAI-ARIA.
HCL can help you in areas of
- Proof of Concept
- Compliance testing against standards (Section 508 and WCAG 2.0 A/AA etc.)
- Disability Testing – Pre Usability Testing
- Document accessibility
- Remediation Services
- Training and
- Consulting services