Over 2014, Higher Logic and eConverse Social Media worked with the
International Association of Accessibility Professionals to launch their
community, IAAP Connections. Through this process, Higher Logic made a
large number of technical changes and upgrades to make the platform
accessible to those with vision impairments or using
assistive technologies, such as screen readers.
Although you may not know
it, these changes have been applied product-wide to your Higher Logic
sites and will continue in future releases.
Approximately 19% of Americans self-identify as having a disability and
this number is only expected to grow with an aging population.
This page serves as an example for how an accessible website should be formatted for those using assistive technologies -
everything from the technical changes that have been made, to what
colors and design elements are necessary and how to write documentation
that will help make your site accessible to all of your members.
A few things to remember:
- No website is perfectly accessible.
- Your members are using all types of computer / browser / device / version configurations, so it can be difficult to account for older technology.
- While we typically think of complete visual impairment first when dealing with web accessibility, there is a whole spectrum of types and degrees of disability. Hearing impairments, color blindness, partial visual impairment, temporary or permanent physical disability, neurological conditions and cognitive impairments can all impact how a user interacts with your website.