There are several steps that can enhance website accessibility without requiring too much effort or time. We want to highlight some information from Appendix A of our Resource Guide:
- Quick fixes: Many of the most urgent website accessibility features can be done relatively quickly in-house. These include ensuring that page titles and hyperlink texts are clear and informative; images, forms and other elements are labeled with alt-text; underlying semantic structure distinguish between headings and text, and web pages work with keyboard-only.
- W3C’s Web First Aid includes tips for getting started, easy checks to perform on a website, and advice about identifying high-impact corrections and low-hanging fruit (“Consider the Scope”).
- The Social Security Administration’s Accessibility Best Practices Library also provides excellent, brief explanation and technical support for the most urgent accessibility issues.
- Add an Accessibility link to the footer material on each web page. The link should at least lead to the website’s notice of nondiscrimination, provide information about support services, and include a contact point for grievances.
- Add American Sign Language to language-access pages, where ASL users may search for interpretive services.
- Start building accessibility culture. Create in-house meet-ups of staff interested in accessibility. Designate accessibility champions in each department. Point all designers and other champions to this resource guide, and especially to free training, newsletters and continuing education resources (included in resources in Appendices C & D).
- Partner with libraries and community organizations during Open Enrollment. Public libraries with assistive-technology and accessibility programs can be partners in the Open Enrollment process, as can community-based organizations that support people with disabilities. In this way, people with disabilities not only receive practical assistance, but moral support and connection to community.
- Tap existing accessibility expertise among current contractors and vendors. The request also affords these third parties an opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to accessibility that is fast becoming an expectation
People with Disabilities
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange cannot fulfill its mission if people cannot understand, access, or act upon information about health benefits. An accessibility plan ensures WAHBE achieves the goal of serving the residents of Washington State.
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