Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is the international set of guidelines for accessible content on the internet for users with disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical and cognitive disabilities. Early this summer, the WCAG guidelines were updated to version 2.1 with 17 new success criteria spanning across all 3 levels.
According to the CDC, 53 million adults in the United States live with some form of a disability today – roughly 22% of the adult population, or 1 out of every 5 of your users. Keep in mind, I said adult population. This statistic doesn’t even include all the children living with disabilities.
The first step to building an accessible website is understanding who needs an accessible site. Knowing who you are creating this for and asking yourself questions helps you see potential problems from another point of view and potential ways to solve them.