5 Reasons to Care About Accessibility

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WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT WEB AND APP ACCESSIBILITY

Let’s look at some stats proving why any big organization should be motivated to apply the web accessibility standards:

  • 64 million people (1 out of 5) in the United States have a disability;
  • 3.4 million American people have active epilepsy;
  • 3 million Americans have some form of vision impairment that can’t be corrected;
  • 8.5% of European ancestry people are color blind, which means your app or website shouldn’t use just red and green for buttons;
  • 1 out of 20 people has significant ear loss.
Reasons to care about accessibility

COMMON MYTHS ABOUT ACCESSIBILITY

One of the enduring myths about the app and web accessibility is that it’s boring and incompatible with visual aesthetics. In reality, strong color contrast looks appealing and user-friendly. An experienced UX/UI designer doesn’t have to sacrifice anything to reach the goal. WCAG rules still allow using images, videos, or JavaScript plugins — you just ensure that your website’s content remains accessible if some users aren’t able or don’t want to use these things. Inclusive design requires alternative text descriptions, captions, transcripts, accessible plugins, etc.

False and true things about accessible software

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