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 2.1), 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.

Introduction to the Free Siteimprove Academy

On-Demand Webinar 

Siteimprove Reviews in the Wild

Case study 

Let's Talk About Accessibility and the Changes to WCAG 2.1

On-Demand Webinar 

[On-Demand Webinar] Improve Your Government Website With Analytics and User Experience Testing

On-Demand Webinar 

Infographic: Is Your Web Experience Naughty or Nice?

Web guides 

Web Accessibility: A Guide for State and Local Government Websites

Web guides 

Web Accessibility: A Guide for Federal Government Websites

Web guides 

Your Guide to Accessibility on Financial Websites

Web guides 

[Quiz] How Much Do You Actually Know About Web Accessibility?

 

Web Accessibility 101: What You Need to Know

Checklist 

Siteimprove Intelligence Platform

Product sheet 

The All-in-One Digital Accessibility E-Book

 

The importance of Quality and Accurate Information on E-Commerce Websites

Case study 

The Must-Have Digital Accessibility Handbook

 

The Patient Perspective - Creating a Positive Web Experience for Users With Disabilities

On-Demand Webinar 

The Value of Siteimprove - University of Applied Sciences Leiden

Case study 

Web Accessibility Checklist for Content Editors/Creators

 

Web Accessibility: A Guide for Higher Education

White Paper 

What You Need to Know About the EU Web Accessibility Directive

White Paper 

Why "Click Here" is Such a Bad Thing

On-Demand Webinar 

Accessibility Not for Mierenneukers – Presented by Bruce Lawson

Video 

Achieving Digital Accessibility With Siteimprove

Product sheet 

Achieving Excellence During Website Redesign - Harvard Extension School

Case study 

Blinded by Design – Presented by Stein Erik Skotkjerra & Bryn Anderson

Video 

Content Suite

Product sheet 

Creating an Accessible Website - University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Case study 

Digging Deep and Improving Accessibility - Hamilton Bank

Case study 

Eliminating Errors and Looking Ahead - Structube

Case study 

How to Create Accessible PDFs

E-Book 

How to Prepare for an Upcoming Website Redesign

 

Maintaining Professionalism With Limited Resources & Time - Texas A&M

Case study 

Making a Big Impact on a Small Website - D'Youville College

Case study 

Making Healthcare Information Accessible for All - Windsor-Essex County Health Unit

Case study 

Maximizing the Efficiency of Small Teams - Charles Sturt University

Case study 

Readability Checklist

Checklist 

Recap Video Web Accessibility Live

Video 

Section 508 Checklist

Checklist 

Section 508 Refresh: Now What?

On-Demand Webinar