How the accessiBe overlay is changing the game for website accessibility

The AI-powered overlay provided by accessiBe facilitates the accessibility that business websites need to succeed in today’s world

When it comes to web design in today’s market, accessibility is a must.

The internet has been one of the biggest and fastest technological developments in modern history, but have you ever wondered how people with disabilities navigate the internet?

Unfortunately, of the 350 million websites in the United States, only two percent are accessible to users with disabilities. People with disabilities are around 20 % of the total US population, leaving one in five people without adequate internet access. All accessibility (digital and physical) is a civil right. Businesses need to make sure their websites are accessible to all users, and luckily that’s not too difficult to do (more on that later).

What does an accessible website really mean? The history of web accessibility

Accessibility has been integrated Article 508 of the Rehabilitation Law and Title III of the American with Disabilities Act. Section 508 applies to federal agencies and contractors, while Title III of the American with Disabilities Act applies to private businesses.

Section 508 protects the disability community from discrimination in all kinds of non-physical areas, including the Internet. ADA lawsuits against inaccessible business websites are on the rise as well as.

Keeping a website up to date is hard enough, let alone keeping it accessible as new content arrives. In the past, businesses relied on app plugins or web developers to make their website accessible, which could cost up to thousands of dollars, not to mention the costs of maintaining website compliance. Therefore, businesses must be proactive in making the necessary investments to make their online presence ADA compliant and investing in its maintenance.

Enter accessiBe’s AI-powered overlay

More than 100,000 websites currently rely on accessibleof the automated solution to achieve accessibility. The company uses artificial intelligence technology to scan its customers’ websites every 24 hours to find new content that may need to be adjusted, so they don’t end up with a long period of time where they could be vulnerable to prosecution.

In addition to this key point, their overlay covers a wide range of disabilities – more than those listed in the ADA’s recommended guidelines. These disabilities include seizures, ADHD, cognitive impairment, and dyslexia. Take it from over 100,000 websites this company has made accessible in just two years, accessiBe’s overlay is a winner and their technology is the future.

As David Shaffer Law says“In addition to the overlay and the widget, accessiBe offers captioning services for any audio or video file that a website wishes to host. This approach is not only compliant with WCAG 2.1 level AA, but anticipates changes to come with WCAG 3.0.

Some quick features of the accessiBe AI-powered overlay

The accessiBe overlay offers people with disabilities a way to customize their browsing experience to suit their personal needs, which is a game changer because even among the same disability there are different needs.

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Companies need to understand the types of disabilities that exist and what kinds of changes would be needed to address that disability (hint: you’ll find that “accessibility” isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution at all).

Here are some features of the current overlay:

1. Automatic screen reader settingsincluding:

  • Alternative attributes;
  • state controls;
  • ARIA attributes;
  • Icons and buttons;
  • Roles and benchmarks;
  • Forms and validations;
  • Automatic keyboard navigation.

2. Personal UI and design tweaks – in terms of content and display, you can choose between different accessibility profiles:

  • ADHD-friendly profile – more focus and fewer distractions;
  • Cognitive impairment profiles – reading and concentration support;
  • Visually Impaired Profile – improves site visuals;
  • Anti-seize profile – eliminates flashes and reduces color

3. Color and contrast for the visually impaired – improves the foreground and background color contrasts of the content.

4. Live Dictionary – provides instant meaning for users with cognitive impairments who may struggle to understand certain phrases, languages ​​or slang.

5. Stop animations for epileptics – freeze all flashing animations, gifs and images.

6. Reading mode for cognitive impairment – places a webpage in a text-only, reading-oriented mode.

7. Fast navigation for the motor handicapped – allows users to access any important page with just one click.

Accessibility is a must in 2021. There is no excuse for not having an accessible website. Businesses should look at what works for them when making their website accessible and check out accessiBe as an option to keep things user-friendly, secure and affordable. The future of websites is here.

Sherry J. Basler