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The Impact of Accessibility in Website Design

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Let's learn how accessibility in website design can benefit both businesses and users with disabilities. Then discover how accessibility can improve your site's SEO, increase your potential customer base, and learn about the legal and ethical considerations.

Introduction

Accessibility in website design is an often overlooked but extremely important consideration for both businesses and users with disabilities. At Tricities Media Group, we are committed to ensuring that all of the websites we develop are fully accessible to all users, regardless of their abilities. In this post, we will discuss the importance of accessibility in website design and how it can benefit businesses and users with disabilities. We will also highlight how many accessibility features benefit those without disabilities, such as keyboard shortcuts, better SEO indexing, text-to-speech readers, and better user experience.


The benefits of accessibility for users with disabilities

One of the key benefits of accessibility in website design is improved online experiences for users with disabilities. Features such as keyboard shortcuts, text-to-speech readers, and high-contrast color schemes can make it much easier for users with disabilities to navigate and interact with a website. For example, keyboard shortcuts can allow users to quickly navigate through a website without a mouse, which can be particularly beneficial for users with mobility impairments. Similarly, text-to-speech readers can make a website more accessible to users who are blind or visually impaired.


The benefits of accessibility for businesses

In addition to benefiting users with disabilities, accessibility in website design can also have a positive impact on a business's bottom line. For example, search engine optimization (SEO) is often improved when a website is designed with accessibility in mind. The same techniques used to make content more readable for visually impaired individuals also make it easier for machines to index content. This is because search engines are able to crawl and index accessible websites, which can lead to increased visibility and higher search rankings. Additionally, by making your website more accessible to a wider range of users, you can increase your potential customer base and ultimately drive more sales.


Furthermore, accessibility is not only an ethical consideration but also a legal one. This is not legal advice, and I'm not a lawyer. Still, on a high level: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may require your website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Failing to make a website accessible could lead to legal action and penalties. Even if your website isn't required to be accessible by the ADA, individuals have sued business owners for not providing an accessible website.


How Tricities Media Group approaches accessibility in website design

At Tricities Media Group, we understand the importance of accessibility in website design and take it into consideration in every project we work on. We are committed to ensuring that all websites we develop meet accessibility standards and include features such as keyboard optimizations, text-to-speech descriptions, and high-contrast color schemes. We also use automated and manual testing tools to ensure that all websites we build are accessible to as many users as possible.

You can read TMG's accessibility statement for our website here: https://tricitiesmediagroup.com/accessibility


Conclusion

In conclusion, accessibility in website design is an important consideration for businesses and users with disabilities. By prioritizing accessibility in your website design, you can improve the online experience for users with disabilities, increase your potential customer base, and comply with legal requirements. At Tricities Media Group, we are committed to making accessibility a priority on all of the websites we develop. If you're considering a website redesign or development project and want to ensure that your website is accessible to all users, we would be happy to work with you.

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By Mackenly Jones

Web Dev + Interactive Developer on a mission to reshape modern communication one line at a time.

Updated January 27, 2023

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Jones, Mackenly."The Impact of Accessibility in Website Design." Tricities Media Group, 27 Jan 2023, https://tricitiesmediagroup.com/posts/the-impact-of-accessibility-in-website-design. Accessed 10 May. 2024.

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Jones, M. (2023, Jan 27) The Impact of Accessibility in Website Design. Tricities Media Group. https://tricitiesmediagroup.com/posts/the-impact-of-accessibility-in-website-design