Guest Emily Lewis and Lea Alcantara
Emily Lewis and Lea Alcantara are partners at Bright Umbrella, where they design and build websites that help growing companies and social organizations solve their business problems. They are also partners in podcasting, producing and hosting the acclaimed, long-running podcast CTRL+CLICK CAST.
Season 01 Episode 9 44:42 Show Notes
Accessibility - Why It's Important
In this episode I talk with Emily Lewis and Lea Alcantara about website accessibility. What it is, why it's important, and how it is more than just websites for blind people.
Emily and Lea start off by providing a definition and example of what accessibility is related to websites. Accessibility is more than making websites accessibility and they also address isssues of why it's a good business case to ensure your website is accessible.
Some businesses are federally mandated to meet specific standards of accessibility. This will vary by country but Canada and the United States both require it in certain industries. Emily and Lea discuss the business case for accessibility - and it's a very compelling reason: Better SEO and increased customer base.
We also discuss remediation which is essentially retro-fitting a website to be accessible. This is not an easy process and there is no silver bullet that will make your website accessible at the push of a button.
- What is Section 508?
- An Overview of Canada's Accessibility Laws
- Ontario Government: How to make websites accessible
- WCAG - Overview and Guidelines (international standard)
- Accessibility according to actual people with disabilities
- The Business Case for Accessibility
- Master Chef
- Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT)
- Defendants Fighting Website Accessibility Cases Face An Uphill Battle
- Walmart Is Sued by Blind Customers Over Its Self-Service Accessibility
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- 1 Introduction to Website 101 Podcast
- 2 Planning, Structure, Goals
- 3 Web Design Shortcuts You Should Never Take
- 4 Websites Benefit from Continual Development
- 5 SEO 101
- 6 PPC 101 (Pay Per click)
- 7 PR & Marketing
- 8 What is a Landing Page
- 9 Accessibility - Why It's Important
- 10 DIY Vs Bespoke
- 11 Season 1 Wrap Up