Websites are increasingly becoming a vital part of our lives. From online banking to shopping to communicating with friends and family, the internet has become an integral part of our lives and work. But for people with disabilities, using the internet can be difficult or even impossible without the help of tools such as accessiBe. Many websites are not designed with accessibility in mind, making it hard for people with disabilities to navigate them.
There are a variety of disabilities that can make using the internet difficult, including visual impairments, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, and cognitive impairments. And while there are some accessibility features built into web browsers that can help, they don’t always work as well as they should.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do to help make the internet more accessible for people with disabilities. Here are a few tips:
Use easy to understand language when writing web content
Using language that is clear and easy to understand is important for all website visitors, but it’s especially important for people with disabilities. Some disabilities can make it difficult to process information, so using simple language can help ensure that your message gets across.
When writing web content, use short sentences and clear headings, and avoid using jargon or overly technical language. If you need to use abbreviations, explain what they mean. And be sure to proofread your content carefully to ensure that there are no typos or errors.
If your website is difficult to navigate, it will be even harder for people with disabilities to use. That’s why it’s important to design your website to be easy to understand and use.
Use clear and concise labels for your website’s navigation elements, and make sure they are easy to find. If your website has a lot of content, consider using a search function to help people find what they’re looking for. And be sure to test your website regularly to ensure that all of the links and features are working properly.
Include alt text for images
If you use images on your website, include alternate text (alt-text) for them. Alt-text is a short description of an image that is displayed if the image is unable to be displayed. It’s important to include alt text for images because people with some disabilities, such as visual impairments, may not be able to see them.
When writing alt text, describe the image clearly and concisely. Avoid using general phrases like “picture of…” or “image of…”. And be sure to test your website regularly to ensure that the alt text is displayed properly.
Some people with disabilities, such as mobility impairments, may not be able to use a mouse to navigate a website. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your website can be navigated using only a keyboard.
When testing your website for keyboard accessibility, ensure that all of the links and features can be accessed using the tab key. And be sure to test your website regularly to ensure that it is still accessible if any changes are made.
These are just a few tips for making the internet more accessible for people with disabilities. You can help make the internet a more inclusive place for everyone by following these tips.