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Why Accessible Websites Matter

How would you access the Internet if you had difficulty seeing your computer screen, strained to hear sound, or had trouble using a keyboard or a mouse? In the U.S. today, 1 in 5 citizens has a disability and many struggle to visit their local government websites.

Effectively serving these members of your community requires developing and maintaining a website in accordance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Vision can help.

"Website accessibility is a top priority for Rancho Cordova. In the beginning, we knew what the federal requirements were but didn’t know how to meet them, so we partnered with Vision and others to make it happen. Vision went above and beyond by walking us through the process and allocating resources to make sure Rancho Cordova was on the cutting edge of accessibility. It’s an ongoing learning process, but we couldn’t have asked for a better partner!"

- Ashley Downton, Communications Specialist

visionLive Lays the Foundation for Accessibility Compliance

Creating and maintaining an accessible website requires both technology and the know-how to leverage the technology effectively. The visionLive CMS lays the foundation for a compliant website by supporting the creation of WCAG accessible content. Specific features built into the CMS include:

  • Mouse-free navigation
  • Required alt-tags
  • Form field labels
  • Responsive layout

Training Helps You Create WCAG Compliant Content

Screen readers rely heavily on proper use of headings, styles and links to present information to those with visual impairments. If your content editors aren't aware of standards and best practices, your site will quickly fall out of compliance. As part of our curriculum-based accessibility training, we will teach your staff about these requirements and how to write and format content to be optimized for screen readers.

 

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