Celebrating GAAD 2023
Today, we’re celebrating the 12th anniversary of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). Launched in 2011, with the ambition to get the world talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, GAAD shines a light on the continuing challenges faced by the more than one billion people with disabilities or impairments worldwide.
While awareness and support for digital accessibility has grown, there are still widespread barriers in the online world. According to the WebAim Million 2023 Report, 97% of the million most visited websites have accessibility issues impacting people with disabilities. This failure to provide inclusive digital experiences comes with serious downsides for businesses too, including significant legal risk and opportunity costs. In 2022, digital accessibility lawsuits filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) increased 12% from the year before, reaching a new record.
The good news - for both businesses and the customers they serve - is that 2022 promised to be an inflection point for digital accessibility, and 2023 continues in its stride!
- June 28, 2022 saw European Union (EU) member states adopt the European Accessibility Act (EAA) requirements into law, for the first time establishing a set of common accessibility rules for private sector companies. By harmonizing accessibility requirements and making them legally enforceable, the EAA promises both greater access to products and services to consumers, while making it easier and more cost-effective for businesses to sell compliant services and products across EU markets. The EAA’s guidelines require that by 2025 all privately owned companies are completely compliant.
- This year should also see the much-anticipated update to the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). WCAG 2.2 builds on the previous version of the guidelines, WCAG 2.1, by further improving accessibility guidance for users with cognitive or learning disabilities, users with low vision, and users with disabilities on mobile devices.
To celebrate GAAD, we’ve brought together some of our most popular accessibility resources to help you understand these current trends, expand your knowledge, and drive your digital inclusion initiatives forward.
eBook: Digital Accessibility Playbook
For organizations embarking on a WCAG, ADA or EAA compliance initiative, the challenge is often to centralize their approach in a way that can be operationalized and scaled effectively.
After years of helping leading brands achieve more inclusive and accessible digital experiences, we created this guide, packed with best practices and real-world examples, to help you complete your accessibility compliance projects successfully.
Blog: The European Accessibility Act: What it Means for Your Business
Until now, the EU private sector has been largely unregulated when it comes to accessibility, but this is about to change with the European Accessibility Act (EAA). Companies in the EU, UK and other regions that sell to those in the EU, need to take note. The EAA was adopted by EU member states on June 28, 2022, with enforcement beginning in June 28, 2025, making accessibility a direct and urgent issue for commercial enterprises.
In this blog, we answer key questions about the applicability of the EAA, what businesses need to be aware of, and the benefits that will make this legislation a blessing for people with disabilities and the businesses that serve them.
Blog: WCAG 2.2 Compliance: What You Need to Know
The W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are the global standard for digital accessibility, cited in accessibility regulations around the world. With a major update to the guidelines – WCAG 2.2 - tentatively scheduled for this September ’22, companies need to be prepared.
Indeed, any organization who considers inclusion to be an important aspect of doing business - or has websites subject to global regulations - such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), European Accessibility Act (EAA), or Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) - will want to track this update to ensure the compliance of all existing and future digital content.
Check out our blog post for the latest on WCAG 2.2, what’s new and what you need to do to comply.
eBook: How to Action Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Across Your Digital Enterprise
Heightened societal awareness, combined with regulatory and business imperatives have put Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at the top of the to-do list for many organizations. While it’s important for all businesses to represent themselves well across the different aspects of DEI, one of the most crucial aspects to address is digital accessibility.
Taking a proactive, strategic approach to DEI can help organizations attract and retain a high-calibre workforce, strengthen market leadership, win new customers, build loyalty, and stay ahead of the competition. Likewise, the lack of inclusivity can have the opposite effect on every one of these key success factors, and companies that aren’t engaging in DEI efforts now are already behind.
Download our new eBook for a practical guide to the tools, processes, and methodologies you need to implement digital accessibility as part of a successful DEI program at your organization.
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