Our business is digital accessibility and accessible technology. TesselLearn consults with organizations about accessible materials - including websites.
TesselLearn's mission is to serve organizations who wish to serve well all of their clients - including those with disabilities. We support your goals with reviews according to generally accepted guidelines of websites, media, videos, software programs and processes. We also provide on-site and remote training. TesselLearn consultants have diverse and well-rounded skillsets and experiences.
Digital accessibility makes good business sense
Many think that the affected individuals are only deaf and/or blind and thus a very small part of the population (approximately 2-5%). A more accurate percentage is 15-20% and includes multiple other disabilities such as:
- physical disabilities that affect ability to move, type, use a mouse, and hold materials.
- cognitive disabilities that include difficulty with attention, focus and perception
- learning disabilities and dyslexia
- PTSD and issues of an aging population
The number of your clients who benefit from digital accessibility rises to at least 25% when non-English speakers, seniors and individuals with temporary disabilities are added to this number.
Digital accessibility benefits many clients - not just those with disabilities. For example, captions are helpful to non-English speakers and to individuals listening to videos in noisy environments. In addition, many individuals benefit from the ability to create audio recordings from documents that are well tagged with headings and that can be announced and searched (e-books).
Finally, captioning, web pages created to WCAG 2.1 standards and accessible documents increase search engine optimization (SEO).
Why is digital accessibility important?
Access to information is critical in this digital world. Individuals with disabilities use a variety of tools to access information on web pages, in documents, and in media. Many software and hardware modifications exist that allow such individual access to digital information. However, a wheelchair can provide access to a building only if the building has accessible features such as ramps, accessible restrooms and elevators. Similarly digital information requires the correct structure for the software and hardware modifications to work.