Making your website accessible for users with disabilities isn’t flashy, but it’s necessary. Websites built for universal access benefit all users, not just users with a disability. They’re also more SEO friendly, and are generally built to be more user friendly. From generating increased revenue, to providing better access to services, the benefits of developing accessible websites are real and measurable.
The State of Georgia recently completed an Accessible Platform initiative, reviewing the templates and themes for our enterprise Drupal platform for accessibility gaps, and launching rolling improvements to the platform over several months to meet WCAG 2.0 (Level AA) compliance levels.
Accessibility doesn’t have to be an additional step in the web development process. Out of this initiative came a number of lessons learned on how code can be written to be accessible from the beginning, to mitigate the need for such cleanup efforts in the future. Building websites with accessibility in mind from the start saves time and money in the long haul. By following best practices for front end development, accessibility can be a seamless, invisible step in the build process.