Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day! You may not know how web accessibility compliance impacts your university, but it matters to the 19.4% of undergraduate students in the United States who have a disability. Many of these students are using adaptive tools to interact with the web and may be struggling to use your technology. View the infographic below for a closer look at the demographics of students with disabilities:
At GradLeaders, we’re trying to remove barriers to using our application and reduce the risk of legal problems our partner schools may face by using technology that is not compliant. Take a look at some of the lawsuits, complaints and settlements higher education institutions have faced regarding accessibility issues.
The GradLeaders Career Center student and employer interface is compliant with Section 508 and WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards. We spent a significant portion of our recent development efforts on this update, not just because it's the law, but because it's the right thing to do. As the education world becomes increasingly digitized, all of us in the space need to do everything we can to ensure that those with disabilities do not face additional barriers due to inaccessible materials and systems.
For abled users, the accessibility enhancements in our application may not be noticeable. For those using adaptive tools like screen readers, the enhancements will provide a better user experience. Most of the changes happened in the code, to things like hierarchy of content, spacing, color contrast, etc. The result is a minimal change in appearance for everyday users, and a significant improvement in usage for disabled users.
Is your career center compliant? Schedule a quick consultation call or free demo of our compliant platform.
For additional tips on staying accessible, read our best practices blog post here.
To learn more about GradLeaders accessibility compliance visit gradleaders.com/accessibility.
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