Inaccessible web design prevents billions of people with disabilities from an easy online experience.
For those with visual impairments, learning difficulties, hearing loss and more, there are dozens of unique challenges waiting behind every URL. But building disability-friendly sites is requisite for an inclusive society.
"If you just want to look at it from a strictly commercial perspective, if sites don't consider disabled users, they're missing out on a huge chunk of the market," says Sandi Wassmer, a technologist and design expert who registered blind in 2008. More than 1 billion persons in the world have some form of disability. This corresponds to about 15% of the world's population. That’s an eminently a huge chunk.
There are a number of ways to make website a disabled-friendly and accessible for All.
When you hover the mouse over an image, a text will appear normally describing the image using a few words. Users with a visual impairment benefit from this text, as a screen reader will read the text aloud.
Create Video Subtitles
Watching a video can be fun, but what about watching it without sound?? Video subtitles allow users who are hearing impaired still follow the video by reading them. Ain’t that cool!
Put Periods in Abbreviations
If you're abbreviating something on ur page, put periods in between each letter. For example, if you're referencing The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, write it out as W.H.O., rather than WHO. A screen reader won't recognize the abbreviation without periods, and will instead read it out phonetically as a word (W-H-O will be read as "who").
Have you ever tried to click on a link, button or region and nothing happens? This is a very common problem across websites today. It’s because the link area is probably too small or is the exact size of the text or button. A person with physically challenged may find strenuous to click such small links. Instead make the buttons bigger and easy to Click On.