Why Digital Accessibility Matters
The Ethical, Business, and Legal Case for Accessible Software
College programs need software partners who care for their students like they do. For software providers, this means designing accessible software. Learn more about what digital accessibility means and why it’s important to choose vendors who prioritize it.
When the world went digital, every aspect of life transformed. From communication to entertainment to research, barriers were eliminated and new frontiers opened. Talk to anyone born after 1990, and they’ll marvel at the thought of having to physically go to a library to look up research for their term paper. Now, with a click of a button, anyone can access anything. However, what if someone can’t click that button? What if they can’t see it?
Accessibility goes beyond physical ramps and elevators. The doors that the digital world opened were not automatically opened for everyone. For people with hearing, vision, and motor control challenges, the simplest of tasks, like clicking the right button on a website, can be frustrating or even impossible. Software companies, like Tevera, have both educational and moral obligations to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, has access to their part of the digital world.
Defining Accessibility in Digital Terms
But what does digital accessibility look like? To answer that, we must look at four categories and solutions that software and websites must take into account if they are to be considered accessible.
Being Visually Accessible
Being Physically Accessible
Being Audibly Accessible
Being Cognitively Accessible
Ethical, Financial, and Legal Arguments for Accessibility
The inventor of the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee, said: “The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.” While the future of the internet is yet to be written, businesses have a moral responsibility to make sure that anyone who wants to do business with them, can. It’s nearly impossible to navigate booking an appointment or scheduling a follow up appointment without going online. Beyond the ethical implications, businesses would be wise to keep an eye on the legal requirements surrounding accessibility if they wish to avoid potentially expensive lawsuits.
Choose accessible software solutions for your program
Programs need to understand if the software they use and the software they have their students use is accessible to be able to help as many people as possible and to avoid pricey lawsuits. Investing in becoming more digitally accessible will also reap benefits for non-disabled users as their experience with your program will be simplified. It may feel overwhelming to start this process but it doesn’t need to be.
College programs can take the first step by checking if their software vendors are compliant with accessibility regulations and ensuring they’re committed to helping people just as much as colleges are.
Take a look at Tevera
If you’d like to see how Tevera is helping students and programs through digital accessibility, schedule a product overview today!