On the web, accessibility helps everyone
By Kasey Kruser
An accessible website doesn't exclude visitors due to their abilities or the method they choose to access the web. Accessible content helps people with disabilities and people with limited internet, old technology, or who speak a different language.
In living out our Principles, the Unitarian Universalist Association strives to welcome and affirm people of all abilities.
Nearly 50 million people (1 in 5 of the U.S. population) in the United States have a disability—visible or invisible, public or private. For everyone, whether having a disability or not, the environment in which we live, learn, play, sing, work, meditate, reflect, and pray must feel welcoming in order for everyone to grow and thrive. This includes our congregational websites.
Many congregations have had long-standing website practices for their websites that are not optimal, such as posting important content in non-searchable PDF files, making color choices that result in hard-to-read pages, not including alternate text for images or captions for videos.
The UUA Theme for Congregations is built with a high degree of accessibility in mind. However, an accessible site depends on your maintaining accessible practices for all of the content you add.
The UUA Web Team has developed excellent guidance on how to build an accessible website on UUA.org.