Sean Dever

Improving Site Accessibility With Forbin's Partnership With AudioEye

Improving Site Accessibility With Forbin's Partnership With AudioEye

IntroAs a website development company, VGM Forbin is always working to create websites that are accessible for all online users. We follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to ensure web access to all users including those who require the use of assistance devices. We’ve recently committed to a Web Accessibility partnership with a company known as AudioEye, that conforms to WCAG guidelines and will aid us in holding ourselves accountable for digital accessibility.What is WCAG Compliance?The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), are a set of standards that ensure the internet is a more inclusive and accessible space for everyone. It’s a set of formal guidelines that allows site owners, writers, designers and developers to create accessible web content for website users of all abilities. The guidelines state that digital content must be perceivable, operable, understandable and robust in order to be accessible to all users.This Episode’s guest is the Partner Program Manager at AudioEye, Shenyse Lujan.What is AudioEye?AudioEye was founded in 2005 by a set of brothers, Sean and Nathan Bradley. Nathan was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease. Because of this they began to start thinking about how Nathan's ability to access the internet is going to change over the next 10 or 15 years. They founded AudioEye with the belief that equal access to digital content was the right of everyone. AudioEye is a fully managed end to end accessibility solution whose mission is focused on eradicating all barriers to digital accessibility.How does AudioEye contribute to the accessibility of websites?Utilizes JavaScript that is embedded in the global footer of the website and gives the ability to manipulate the DOM(Document Object Model) and re-mediate errors of accessibility. Some examples of this are adding alternative text to images to help someone who is blind and uses a screen reader, tab focus for someone with motor skill disability who is utilizing the tab key, the ability to pause a carousel image for someone with a cognitive disability, and much more.WCAG and ADA standards are always changing, how does AudioEye stay up to date with those changes and implement them on websites?WCAG is the primary focus of AudioEye so it is always something that is at the forefront of everything they do. They are constantly changing and updating their standards so that their clients’ website is adhering to the latest changes of the law and is accessible for all users.How does AudioEye compare to other similar services available out there?Some companies are only providing the front-end toolbar and web enhancement tools but don’t provide that back-end maintenance to ensure that the website is accessible. Many digital accessibility companies are only pointing out what should be changed but AudioEye is pointing out the issues and also re-mediating them. AudioEye also tests the websites with different devices that are going to be used by people with disabilities. Sites are tested by someone using a screen reader or other assistance devices to ensure that the changes that are made are being tested by the devices that they are meant for.How do Forbin website customers benefit from the partnership with Audioeye?AudioEye works very closely with developers at Forbin when sites are being developed so that from the beginning a site is following WCAG standards and always improving. Forbin has its own website platforms and AudioEye meets quarterly with Forbin developers for training sessions to ensure that the Forbin development team is up to date with all WCAG standards. This ensures that the development team at Forbin is equipped with the right tools to make the best improvements for web accessibility. Shenyse Lujan:Partner Program ManagerCertified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC)slujan@audioeye.comhttps://www.audioeye.com/marketplaceMobile: 520-425-1783  Sean Dever:Web Marketer/SEM Strategistseand@forbin.comhttps://www.forbin.com/  

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