Fifteen percent of the world’s population lives with some form of disability. Seventy-five percent of that population uses computers or digital devices. Digital Accessibility is about people, a lot of people. It is about their right to access all of the information in the digital world and to use digital tools to lead a happier and more productive life. Websites that are not built accessibly are barriers that prevent people with disabilities from having equal access to information and tools they need.
This year, more than ever before, people are standing up and demanding the removal of these barriers. They are demanding equal access and are utilizing litigation to ensure their voices are heard. This has led to a dramatic uptick in the quantity of ADA Title III lawsuits that have been filed in 2018. Almost 5,000 (4,965) Title III Lawsuits have been filed in the first six months of 2018. Twenty-one percent of these lawsuits were website accessibility lawsuits. Compared to 2017, only 814 website accessibility lawsuits were filed. It is also more than half of the total number of filings for 2017 (7,663).
Access to digital content is about human rights and building an inclusive world. It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure accessibility to all of their digital content. While this can be a huge undertaking, just like any journey, the journey to digital inclusion starts with the decision to do something.
We can help you do something.
At AudioEye, we make websites accessible. We use our patented technology, subject matter expertise and proprietary processes, to transform how the world experiences digital content. Let’s do something together to ensure equal access for all.
To read more about the data referenced above about ADA Title III filings, please read Website Access and Other ADA Title III Lawsuits Hit Record Numbers, a Seyfarth Shaw article.
World Health Organization’s World Report on Disability