Covid-19 has presented the need to highlight and promote best practices in online accessibility so that other producers of educational and recreational online content gain a greater understanding of accessibility needs and challenges.
Internet access has become a requirement for full participation in personal, professional, social, and civic life. A study published in PC Magazine confirms Americans spend on average 40 hours weekly on their smartphones and tablets, yet 8.1 million Americans experience challenges accessing the internet due to a disability. While communications regulator Ofcom confirms that individuals are spending 36 percent more time online since the pandemic, a 2019 analysis by Webaim found that 98.7 percent of the top million most viewed website homepages had accessibility issues.
By showcasing, promoting, and advising on best practices for online accessibility through our own programming and website design, we aim to serve as a model and consultant to other providers wanting to attain this goal.