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Why a Website Accessibility Audit is Nothing to Be Fearful Of

on February 10, 2024 at 7:25am |Updated on February 9, 2024 at 12:23pm A sleeping baby elephant looking very happy and peaceful, protected by his mother who is standing over him

In the paced world we live in today it's crucial to ensure that your website is accessible, to everyone, including individuals with disabilities.

This not only fulfills an obligation but also reflects a moral responsibility.

However for organizations, the idea of conducting a website accessibility audit can be intimidating.

The fear often stems from concerns about uncovering issues the costs involved in addressing them and the technical challenges that may arise.. There's no need to approach an accessibility audit with trepidation.

In fact it should be seen as a step towards inclusivity than something to fear.

Understanding what an Accessibility Audit entails

An accessibility audit is an evaluation of how your website adheres to various accessibility standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

It aims to identify areas where your site may fall short in providing access for all users, including those with impairments hearing difficulties, motor limitations or cognitive disabilities.

By conducting this audit you'll gain insights into how you can enhance your website and make it more inclusive for an audience.

Overcoming Apprehension

One of the reasons organizations feel apprehensive about undergoing an accessibility audit is due, to uncertainty surrounding the process itself.

Many people believe that conducting an audit to assess website accessibility will uncover problems, necessitating changes.

However an audit is essentially a tool that provides a roadmap of actionable steps prioritized based on their impact, on accessibility.

This structured approach helps demystify the process.

Makes it more manageable allowing for improvements.

Concerns Regarding Cost

There is a misconception that making a website accessible comes with expenses.

While some adjustments may require investment many fixes are simple and cost effective.

Basic changes like adjusting colour contrasts adding text to images or ensuring keyboard website navigation can significantly enhance accessibility without breaking the bank.

Moreover the benefits of reaching an audience and improving user experience often outweigh the costs.

Technical Challenges

Another fear is that addressing accessibility issues requires overhauls.

Although certain aspects of WCAG compliance involve adjustments, not all fixes are complex in nature.

Many solutions can be easily implemented using existing content management systems and website frameworks.

Additionally the audit process itself can provide learning opportunities for your team to gain an understanding of accessible design principles applicable, to future projects.

The Advantages Outweigh the Concerns

Performing an audit to ensure website accessibility and taking action based on its findings can greatly reduce the risk of facing consequences.

As awareness and enforcement of accessibility laws continue to grow it becomes crucial for organizations to ensure their websites comply with standards safeguarding them against potential lawsuits and penalties.

Improved User Experience

An accessibility audit primarily focuses on making your website user friendly, for everyone, which inherently enhances the user experience.

Implementing features that make a site accessible such as navigation, readable fonts and meaningful link texts not benefits individuals with disabilities but also improves usability for all visitors.

This can result in satisfaction levels increased engagement rates and improved SEO rankings.

Expanded Market Reach

By embracing website accessibility you open up your doors to millions of users who might have been excluded previously.

This includes individuals with disabilities as older people and those using mobile devices in different settings.

Expanding your audience can lead to traffic flow on your website, higher conversion rates and strong

If you'd like to delve into website accessibility please explore these links;

Discuss the possibility of conducting an accessibility audit for your website

Watch my TED Talk on the topic

Learn about website accessibility audits

Schedule a 1 hour consultation regarding any aspect of website accessibility

Clive Loseby

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