Website Accessibility Statements, what are they, and how do I create one?

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An accessibility statement defines the level of web accessibility your website aims to achieve.  It is a public statement that follows your company’s accessibility policies, standards, and design to reach those levels of accessibility.  An accessibility statement also lets the people visiting your website, especially those with a disability that your company is committed to making your web content accessible to all.

An Accessibility Statement is essential in many ways, and it shows your users that you care about accessibility and them. It provides them with information about the accessibility of your content. Lastly, it demonstrates a commitment to accessibility, social responsibility, and contact information for anyone needing assistance.

How do I create an accessibility statement?

An accessibility statement should include the following:

  1. A commitment to providing some level of an accessible website.
  2. A list of guidelines and standards the website follows. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) are the common guidelines and standards for website accessibility. It starts with a clear statement about the level of web accessibility your website aims to achieve. Explain the standard procedures and include the fact that conforming to the guidelines can help people with disabilities.
  3. Lastly, it is essential to provide people with the ability to contact the website regarding specific problems they may be having regarding accessing or using your website.

Your accessibility statement should provide a summary of information that will help people understand the level of commitment shown by your website and the techniques and methods used to achieve your accessibility goals. To create your accessibility statement, you can use W3C’s Accessibility Statement Generator or contact ADA WebGuard.

Start building accessibility into your website at the beginning.

ADA WebGuard is a Website Compliance and Accessibility company; we consult with businesses like yours to make their web content accessible to all.  If you would like us to help you with your accessibility challenges or to provide you with a website accessibility evaluation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us a call at 833-232-9321 or submit this Contact Us form.  In the meantime, please take a look at the Website Accessibility Services we offer.