Stories From the Digital Divide

Who are the people challenged on a daily basis to gain equal access to content and services in the digital world? How do they pursue their passions and go about their daily lives? We recently got to know a number of people from around the world to experience firsthand how they overcome accessibility challenges. Please join us in learning from them.

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Christine Hà

Christine Hà

Christine Hà is an American chef, writer, and TV host. She is the first blind contestant of MasterChef and the winner of its third season in 2012. Being blind, Christine relies strongly on accessible websites every day.

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Marc de Hond

Marc de Hond

Living in a wheelchair has never stopped Marc de Hond, a Dutch TV presenter, professional basketball player, and actor from accomplishing great things in life. Overcoming accessibility issues in both the physical and digital space, however, is a daily task.

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Kirsten Skov

Kirsten Skov

Age, hearing problems, and cognitive challenges often makes it difficult for Danish Tai Chi instructor Kirsten Skov to navigate the internet. But it doesn’t prevent her from practicing and teaching her life passion, Tai Chi.

What is Digital Accessibility?

The concept of accessible web design and development ensures easy access online—be it unassisted or through assistive technologies—for people of all abilities. Whether someone has a cognitive disability that requires simple content and navigation, or a blind user utilizes a screen reader to read a web page, there are many reasons to make your digital presence accessible.

Why Accessibility Matters

The importance of digital accessibility goes beyond legal regulations. With nearly 20% of the population living with a disability, web accessibility has become a major focus for organizations worldwide.

But designing an accessible digital presence isn’t only about people with disabilities using your website with ease. While 71% of web users with a disability will simply leave a website that is not accessible, users without disabilities find accessibility features help them navigate your site more effectively. When you maintain an accessible digital presence, all your visitors benefit.

Inclusive Design

With inclusive design, your website is effective for all users, all the time, without adaptation. Regular accessibility checks can provide you with the information you need to create and maintain an inclusive web presence.

Better UX

An accessible digital presence means people of all abilities can use your website as intended. With special attention to navigation, ease of use, text clarity, and more, accessibility best practices benefit all users.

Compliance

As a growing amount of legislation around the world requires organizations to follow a unified set of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0), we provide the resources you need to create an inclusive digital presence.

Accessibility Resources

Tips, tricks, and trends in the world of digital accessibility. Explore Siteimprove's growing collection of accessibility e-books, white papers, webinars, and more.