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Doing Your Part to Create an Accessible Digital World

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Our July 2021 newsletter encourages you to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this month by doing your part in creating a more inclusive digital space. We offered basic tips on accessible documents, social media and websites, but some of you may be wondering what some of the terms like “alt text” or “descriptive hyperlink text” mean and how to add these features to your online presence.

Check out these websites and online articles that provide resources and training options:

  • 6 Ways to Make Your Social Media More Accessible – Why it’s good business, the right thing to do, and how to do it.
  • Creating Accessible Documents – When creating content, there are a few basic steps that should be followed in order to assure your content is accessible.
  • WebAim.org – Resources and training on web and document accessibility. Offers free accessbility evaluation like a contrast checker and the WAVE website assessment tool.
  • Introduction to Web Accessibility – A specific page on the WebAim.org website, provides basic things to keep in mind in creating an accessible website. Though some of the items are for developers, many of the items discussed apply to any person using or creating social media, electronic documents, and more.
  • W3.org – a bit technical but provides the world wide accepted guidelines (called WCAG 2.1) for website accessibility. Great resource for web developers and web content managers.
  • U.S. Laws on Web Accessibility – Includes information on Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA, Section 205 of the Telecommunications Act, and more.

Want to test your digital accessibility knowledge? Take our Accessibility IQ Quiz to see how you rank.

What’s one thing you will start doing today to create a more inclusive online world?