Many websites which exist today are not accessible. This causes people with disabilities, especially those who use assistive technologies, to not interact with the web effectively. WebAIM conducted a study across the one million home pages and 50,829,406 distinct accessibility errors were detected—an average of 50.8 errors per page. According to UsableNet, web accessibility lawsuits are increasing in 2022 with almost 100 lawsuits per week. However, fear of litigation should not be the reason you should invest in web accessibility. There are over a billion disabled people on this planet and they should have the human right to access the web. Here are some of the myths which can stop companies and individuals from investing in proper web accessibility efforts:
My Users Don’t Need It
It is a mistake to assume that your users are not disabled and hence you don’t need to make your website accessible. However, it is important to keep in mind that most disabilities are invisible or non-apparent. According to Lime Connect, a disability organization in the US, 90% of disabilities on school campuses are invisible. A vast majority of the disabled population does not even disclose that they have a disability. In addition to this, disabilities are also temporary and situational. For example, having a temporary hand injury and having to use speech to text. Designing software with accessibility in mind benefits everyone, not just people with disabilities. Think about captions. Initially, captions were invented to help the Deaf/Hard of Hearing population but many of us use captions almost always while watching Netflix!