Creating Web Content for the Disabled: A Call to Compassionate Action

Web Accessibility for the Disabled

As we all know, optimal web design requires accommodating sites for those with disabilities. Guidelines exist under the Americans With Disabilities Act to enhance the disabled ability to access web content.

Writing Beyond Profit

According to the CDC, millions of people are considered functionally disabled in the United States.  See the statistics. Over the course of my studies in web technology, design experts frequently encouraged making websites more accessible for the disabled. The motivating factor, however, usually centered on  the bottom line–you reach more people; you sell more products. You make more money.

The authors of respected publications emphasize that collectively, the disabled have millions of dollars to spend. Thus, in viable business models, it make good sense to target all consumers with disposable incomes. Experts offer the motivational carrot of increased profits to encourage making web content more accessible to the disabled. Yet, there exists a greater reason for paying attention to accessibility issues than just gleaning more money from this segment of the population. Continue reading

Sacred Rumblings: Musings on Life, Technology, and Compassion

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words on a page.The main purpose of this blog is to discuss how we can use greater personal awareness in integrating art and technology into building a world that is more compassionate and inclusive of all human beings. The author believes that it is in our best interests to celebrate the ways that we are connected to each other, instead of perpetuating ideas that create separation and mistrust between people. When responding to comments, please remember to be nice and respectful.