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Types of People Affected by Webiste Accessibility
Web site accessibility, from a legal standpoint, is about giving people who are disabled as easy access to information through web sites as anyone else. There are an estimated 54 million people, or 20 percent of the US population (one in five people), who fall under the legal definition of disabled.
In reality, the accessibility issue reaches far beyond those numbers since many people who do not fall under the legal definitions of disability may have difficulty using certain web sites. The fact is that most people need accessible websites at some time in their lives. The fact is that most people who need accessible websites do not consider themselves "disabled." Accessibility is really an issue of inclusion, not disability. When we focus on the term "disabled" we compartmentalize and start talking statistics, which are variable and manipulable. Inclusion, sometimes also known as universal design, is about making the content and functionality of your website available to the widest possible audience.
The issue of website accessibility affects people who may:
Usability and Accessibility
Usability and accessibility are similar, but not the same. The ITTATC explains the difference this way:
Usability focuses on how intuitive and easy it is for all people to use. Usable designs are consistent and simple to learn to use. Usability and accessibility often go hand-in-hand.
Accessibility is determined by how barrier free the technology is. Accessibility
problems are those that make it more difficult for persons with disabilities to use
an application or service than for a non-disabled person.
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