The Importance of Accessibility in Drupal Website Building and Design

The Importance of Accessibility in Drupal Website Building and Design

WCAG 2.2 and AODA

By Charles Matte
Accessible for everyone

In recent years, the focus on accessibility in web design has grown significantly, and I'm proud to say that our team is leading the charge. We believe that creating websites that everyone can use is not just a trend but a fundamental responsibility.

The internet should be accessible to everyone, regardless of their abilities. With over a billion people worldwide living with some form of disability, it's crucial that websites are built to accommodate everyone’s needs. This isn't just about compliance; it's about creating an inclusive digital environment where everyone has equal access to information and services.

We've made accessibility a core part of our Drupal web design and development process. We've adopted the latest accessibility standards, such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.2) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). These guidelines help ensure the websites we build are accessible to people with a wide range of disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and neurological disabilities.

Our commitment to accessibility isn't just about meeting standards; it's about exceeding them. Our clients recognize the importance of accessibility and demand that their websites meet the highest standards. The team and I take this responsibility seriously and always strive to go above and beyond mere compliance. Our goal is to exceed our clients' expectations by delivering websites that are not only compliant but also user-friendly. As part of our website design and building process, we use accessibility validation tools that inform us of changes needed to meet the guidelines. We use screen readers, keyboard navigation, and other assistive technologies to simulate the experiences of users with disabilities and confirm that the site is up to standards.

To maintain our expertise, continuous learning is essential. As a team, we take dedicated accessibility training and have a dedicated accessibility expert available to review and recommend improvements. This ongoing learning equips us with the best practices not only for building and designing accessible websites but also for thorough testing to ensure compliance and usability. By integrating accessibility into our Drupal website building and design, we're setting an example for others in the industry. We believe that every web designer and developer has a role to play in making the internet more inclusive. Our commitment to accessibility goes beyond just meeting legal requirements; it's about doing what's right for our users and clients.

Our dedication to accessibility has not gone unnoticed. Many of our clients have specifically chosen us because of our expertise in this area. They appreciate that we don't just meet the minimum requirements; we strive to create websites that offer an inclusive experience for all users. This involves providing training to our clients so they can generate accessible content. This training covers essential topics such as using good color contrasts, which is critical for users with visual impairments or color blindness to distinguish between different elements on a page. We also focus on using accessible content language, which means writing clear and straightforward content that can be easily understood by all users. Additionally, we train our clients on how to use accessible markup in WYSIWYG editors.This ensures that the content they produce is structured correctly for assistive technologies. This commitment has helped us build strong, lasting relationships with our clients, who trust us to build accessible sites for their user base.

In conclusion, accessibility in web design is more important than ever, and we are proud to be at the forefront of this movement. Our team is dedicated to making the web a more inclusive place, ensuring that everyone, regardless of their abilities, can access and enjoy the digital world. We believe that by prioritizing accessibility, we are not only complying with legal standards but also contributing to a more equitable society. Our ongoing commitment to education, best practices, and client satisfaction sets us apart as leaders in accessible web design.