Here is our preemie paradox ADA accessibility guide!
We hope to make the preemie paradox website the most accessible it can be for our preemie parents with disabilities! Several premature children will become blind or severely sight restricted due to a long stay in the nicu, where complications can become problematic. Our desires are to be completely compliant with the most modern guidelines and standards. Below is our current understanding of how we are going to comply with each of the standard guideline and law. We don't go through the trouble of compliance just to keep out of court, we believe our content is so vital to today's preemie parent that we want all obstacles removed. All preemie parents should be able to get our content including those who are disabled and those who speak other languages! This page should act as our accessibility statement.
Here is a note from our founder Michael;
I must make a few concessions here that I am not a professional in ada compliance and to be honest, I don't even know a person in my circle of friends who is disabled in this way. I went about my data structure presuming a screen reader and contrast ratio for those with vision problems. I understand very little about color blindness but I have tried to make sure our colors don't conflict with those who are red weak or green weak. Where I was able, I included videos with closed captioning to give an added amount of detail to those who can hear and read or those who are fine but didn't get the education to read well. I just want everyone to know that I care very much about the preemie community and I am trying the best I can with the funds I have to make the preemie paradox an accessible site for all preemie parents!
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
This rule updated and reorganized Section 508 Standards/Section 255 Guidelines because of innovations in technology. The update would meet requirements with other guidelines of the European Commission, and with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) this group is recognized as the standard for web content and ICT. The Section 502 and M-17-06 has all government websites to be compliant so we believe we should be compliant as well since we feel it is wrong to discriminate based on a disability.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1
The (Wcag) 2.1 is the update to version 2.0 guidelines that will make content more accessible to people with disabilities like blindness/reduced vision, deafness, limited movement, speech disabilities, photo sensitivity and some accommodation for learning disabilities and cognitive limitations. These guidelines address accessibility of web content on desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. The wcag 2.1 guidelines will make web content more usable. We used the wcag 2.1 guidelines to make our websites compliant and accessible.
WordPress Plugins and Accessibility testing tools!
Testing is the key to accessibility and plugins have the a place of functionality. You must understand that achieving accessibility takes time and it is hard to make a website that is 100% accessible and functional and enjoyable by today's standards. We try to blend the visual elements well enough to make a pleasing design, but not so much that the web page becomes overly complex. We are continually trying to make our websites compliant and accessible but we must understand that the preemie paradox doesn't own or make any of these programs or tools. With each update to the software or policy from a plugin, we risk our content falling out of compliance. We also need the liberty to try out products or software that may make accessibility better. So there may be a time when we are experimenting with new tools and plugins, that a user may not be able to access our content. Just know that we are trying to make it better but sometimes that makes it worse. There are different methods of accessibility between desktop and mobile. We had to figure out how to have the same functionality from desktop to mobile but we're sure it works (we're just bad at testing) We are striving for the best products in our budget and IT stack of software. Below is the list we currently use!
We have a comment section if you'd like to tell us if anything is wrong with our accessibility or you know of better programs then please tell us in the comments section!