This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new statistics showing that one in four US adultsthat’s 61 million people—live with a disability.  

That’s 1 in 4 US adults that might visit your website and find themselves unable to watch a video without captions, read a table that’s improperly labeled, take in featured content that slides by too quickly, or perhaps even see your logo (check that color contrast).  

To put these numbers in perspective, I took the liberty of doing some basic math. (Finally making my elementary school math teacher proud.) 

61 Million in Perspective 

61 million miles is like going round-trip to the moon 510 times. I don’t know about you, but I simply don’t have the vacation days for that trip 

61 million miles is the equivalent of going to the moon and back 510 times

61 million gallons of water would fill more than 92 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Eat your heart out, Michael Phelps. 

61 million gallons of water could fill 92 Olympic-sized swimming pools

It takes one million Skittles to fill a typical bathtub. That means 61 million Skittles in 61 bathtubs. Skittles are delicious, but where would you put that many bathtubs? It’s simply impractical.  

61 millino Skittles could fill 61 bathtubs.

With $61 million, you could buFrank Lloyd Wright’s “Spiral House” nearly five times overI mean…I wouldn’t say no.  

61 million dollars could buy Frank Lloyd Wright's "Spiral House" five times over.

61 million is just above the number of people who live in Italy.  

61 million people live in the country of Italy.

What It Means for Your Website 

In all seriousness, 61 million people is a significant chunk of the population that deserves access to the same online content as everyone else. Without an accessible website, you’re leaving those people in the dust (and potentially losing a lot of revenue to boot).  

But don’t stress! There are steps you can take right now to make your site more accessible! And there are plenty of resources—including our own Siteimprove Academy—that can provide the training you and your team need to maintain an accessible website. 

In fact, if you’re a Siteimprove customer, you already have access to Academy Plus from within the platform. If you’re not a customer, you can still take accessibility courses tailored to your role for free. (You heard right—I said free.)  You can also use our free ADA compliance website checker to know how compliant is your website.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started with Siteimprove Academy today! 

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