Accessible Design and Retrofitting
Whether you're looking at building a new, accessible site from the ground up or making an existing site more accessible, our team of accessibility experts, web developers, and programmers can ensure that your site meets accessibility guidelines. While we can build or retrofit the entire site for you, we prefer to provide assistance to your developers so that they both learn the principles of accessible design and can support and implement accessibility into the future. Our team has experience in building accessible sites that range from small informational sites to large e-commerce sites and have experience in a vast array of web and multimedia technologies.
Accessibility as Part of Site Design
If you have a choice, it is usually best to include accessibility as part of a site design or redesign. Accessibility features will integrate more smoothly with the site and changes will be easier to make. Site changes at the time of design are usually more cost effective as well. If you update your site regularly, accessible design should be part of your next site design. WebAIM can design your site with accessibility in mind or can help you throughout the design process to ensure that the design decisions you are making support full accessibility.
Accessibility as part of design is usually more effective, but there are still several reasons why you may want to retrofit your your existing site. Here are just a few of them:
- The site is newly designed or redesigned, so it is not feasible to wait for the next site redesign to implement accessibility features.
- Your site has sections that are not updated as regularly as the new site or will not be modified as part of a site redesign.
- Most accessibility problems are included in the content of the site (e.g. images and tables in the body of the page) and not the navigation.
- Your site was designed by a third-party design group, so you are not staffed to repair accessibility errors, even with proper training.
We understand the unique issues involved in retrofitting web content for accessibility and can help you in ensuring accessibility of your redesigned web site.