Corporate America Is Sitting Up and Taking Notice

More than just the right thing to do, as well as the legal thing to do, ensuring web accessibility for people with disabilities is also the profitable thing to do.

People with disabilities represent close to 19% of the U.S. population, a substantial number by any metrics. Silicon Valley is sitting up and taking notice. Companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, Dropbox, Yahoo, and LinkedIn are working closely with disability advocates and academic institutions through the Teaching Accessibility Initiative.

This project seeks to boost accessibility in tech by having engineers, designers, and researchers think and build more inclusively. This initiative’s objective is bringing industry, academia, and advocacy together “to create models for teaching and training students of technology to create accessible experiences.”

The reach and impact of accessible applications and devices and their level of importance throughout our activities of daily living will continue to grow. At some point in our lives, most of us will experience one or more disabilities. As we age, our senses and cognition such as vision, hearing, and memory are often compromised. Creating software and hardware solutions that incorporate universal design and accessibility from the ground up allows us all the level of access, independence, and dignity throughout our lives.

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