Frequently Asked Questions | Web Accessibility
Q: What is accessibility?
The quality of being able to be reached, used, seen, or understood.
Q: What is web accessibility?
“Websites, tools, and technologies [that] are designed and developed so that people with disabilities can use them”(WC3.org).
Q: What makes a website accessible?
A website is accessible if it is easy to navigate, easy to read, and has an alternative way to retrieve information.
Q: Why is accessibility important?
It is important because it can benefit everyone and is required by law.
Q: What does it mean to have a disability?
The ADA defines a person with a disability “as a person who has physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one more more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment”(ada.gov).
Q: What are the types of disabilities that exist?
Visual, Motor, Cognitive, Auditory
Q: How do people with disabilities use the web?
There are various ways in which people with disabilities use the web. W3C shares stories and highlights the diversity of web users.
Q: What are some tools we can use to check if our website is accessible?
The WAVE web evaluation tool, Siteimprove, and an internal checker within Cascade CMS are tools you can use to check for accessibility.
Q: What should we do to make our web pages more accessible?
Follow the best practices and test your pages for accessibility errors.