Why Accessibility is not a DIY Project — Braille Works

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The ingredients look simple, the instructions are feasible, so you try it. But your results are nothing like what you planned. You have to abort the mission, find a professional to fix it in time, and then laugh. It happens with cakes, clothes, home improvement, and documents. But you have far more to lose when it’s your documents. In this case, and many others, it’s best to call a professional.

This DIY isn’t a side job.

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DIY’s get done whenever.

How bad could it be?

As bad as lawsuits

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Crafting a better response

While it’s okay to not go with us for your compliance needs ( to each their own), it’s not okay to decide you’d rather exclude people and take your chances with the law. We’re a world far more connected than we once were, and there are apps to tell people with disabilities which companies are most accommodating (and not). Not only are people with disabilities speaking up for themselves, but the airways are filled with advocates and people close to those affected by barriers. Ultimately, the world is more educated than it once was. There was a time when people had to walk around with the law in their pockets to prove they were allowed to be in the same space and get the same great service as people without disabilities. That time has passed and you have a great responsibility to all people when you go into business.

[Pop Quiz]

Do you know the answers to any of the following?

  • Do you know how many layers a PDF has?
  • How do you get into the third layer of a PDF to correct the order that a screen reader will read the information?
  • Have you run a compliance check on your website and brought the results to a developer?
  • Does every image or table on your website have alt-text?
  • Do you check your writing for readability for those with learning disabilities?
  • Do you know the difference between the “Header” Style and the “Heading” Styles?

If you answered “no,” “I don’t know,” or “maybe” to any one of the above questions, you probably need a document accessibility partner.

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So, if accessibility is not a DIY, what is it?

The entrepreneurial spirit led you to put up a website and find a niche market. We love that spirit. It’s led us to be in business for 25 years. We all need to move with the changing the world, to value compliance, and know when a task can be accomplished independently and when we need to call an expert.

This post was written by Clerise Phillip Samuel

Originally published at https://brailleworks.com on May 31, 2019.

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