Est. time: 7 min
Individuals with disabilities face barriers and frustrations while navigating web sites with accessibility shortfalls. It is noted that approximately 20 percent of the population has a disability. It would violate the law to exclude this part of the population from reading or listening to web pages. Web site content can be accessible to people with disabilities and users in general. The internet is a place of equality. It offers power and choice at the same level, if accessible. A web site should offer equal access to everyone regardless of disability. It is important to follow standards of the Federal Section 504 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Written by Gerri Hutner, in this tutorial, you will learn: What web site accessibility is; What affects web site accessibility; Overcoming barriers to accessibility; Design principles; and Word, PowerPoint and PDF accessibility.