Read how Opportunity Village has taken steps to improve its digital accessibility, why we support Global Accessibility Awareness Day and how your organization can support.
Every web user deserves the same online experience.
That’s why, to celebrate the 10th Global Accessibility Awareness Day on Thursday, May 20th, Opportunity Village is sharing a list of free accessibility tools businesses can utilize to increase their digital accessibility. Why? Because we’ve used them! For the better part of the last two years, our organization has taken steps to improve our accessibility every day so our daily content could be inclusive for everyone.
That’s the aim of Global Accessibility Awareness Day: to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and the more than 1 billion people with disabilities/ impairments. All web-based services, content and digital products should all be successfully accessed by all regardless of disabilities/impairments.
For us, we take this to heart. We currently serve over 3,000 people with disabilities and believe that everyone should be able to access our marketing collateral and content.
Opportunity Village is pledging to continue finding ways to improve our digital accessibility for all. Below is a list of free accessibility tools and resources for others to join us:
Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool
The first way to increase your digital accessibility is by evaluating your current web content.
WAVE provides a free analysis of any web page and gives a summary of areas of improvement.
Accessibility Menu on Website
An Accessibility menu is an add-on feature to a website that makes it easier for people to navigate.
Utilizing UserWay’s free accessibility widget, Opportunity Village website users can choose from a wide variety of options on how best to enhance their webpage experience unique to their needs.
Subtitles for Videos
By adding subtitles to all videos, hard of hearing or deaf viewers are able to have the same successful viewing experiences as those who are not.
There are free online programs, that have auto-subtitle generator features, making it easy to create accessible videos.
Kapwing is a great tool to quickly add subtitles to videos. Their free profile includes no watermarks, export videos up to 7 minutes long, and publish up to 3 hours of video per month.
Another great auto-subtitle generator is Zubtitle. Their free profile includes 1 video/month and provides caption styling and positioning features. The free profile does include a Zubtitle watermark.
Color.a11y provides free color contrast analysis tools such as testing a webpage and testing color pairs. Ensuring correct color contrast is important for colorblind and other visual impairment users.
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