Removing Online Barriers, Improving Web Site Usability
Easter Seals has actively supported and promoted the independence of people with disabilities for more than 80 years. We've helped remove barriers that prevent people from working, going to school, traveling and actively participating in their communities. Redesigning easterseals.com is another step toward providing access to people of all abilities.
An accessible, usable site makes it possible to share information about Easter Seals and its services, taking into account differences in ability among Internet users worldwide. Accessibility issues may include:
- The ability to see, hear, move or process some types of information.
- The ability to use a keyboard or mouse.
- Use of a text-only screen, a small screen (handheld computers and wireless telephones) or a slow Internet connection.
This Web site complies with accessibility standards created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which has developed common protocols that promote the evolution of the World Wide Web and ensure its interoperability. Of W3C's three priority levels of accessibility, Easter Seals meets or exceeds its requirements, when applicable.
Easter Seals' site also meets or exceeds federal accessibility guidelines set forth by Section 508, the 1998 Congressional amendment to the Rehabilitation Act requiring Federal agencies to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals.
The Internet has not yet realized its full potential to serve users with disabilities. But with this Web site, Easter Seals hopes not only to better serve site visitors, but also to showcase how a corporation or organization can successfully achieve a creative, accessible and usable site.