The biggest assignment that we had to complete for our Webpage Technologies class was making our own eight page digital accessibility website in WordPress. These eight pages are:
- Welcome page (homepage)
- The history of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and digital accessibility
- Legal issues (policies and lawsuits)
- Strategies for including/supporting accessibility
- Needs of web users with disabilities
- Assistive technology
- Professional development opportunities
- Funding and costs for web accessibility
I’m not going to lie, it was a LOT of work. My website is packed with information, links, videos, and images relating to digital accessibility. It took a lot of hard work, especially making sure that my site was well organized and ADA compliant (imagine a digital accessibility site that ISN’T accessible! Oh, the irony…). However, after doing so much research and learning about the many struggles that people with disabilities go through when using the web, I know that my own struggles when making my website can’t compare and are absolutely worth it. I’m definitely proud of my website and I did enjoy creating it. I think that it’s a great source of information about digital accessibility and the fight for equal rights for people with disabilities. I can see myself using this website for teaching in the future, whether that is by showing it to my students, using it as a resource, or showing it to my colleagues/administrators for professional development.
Still not convinced about the importance of web accessibility? Just want to know more? Check out this video by David Berman.