Too often we share only the accessibility fails without talking about accessibility wins. I am planning to start incorporating some positive reinforcement stories in addition to the negative punishment stories that are so prevalent in the industry. Negative punishment is not working quickly enough!
Negative punishment is not working quickly enough
We have been hearing in Canada about accessibility compliance requirements since January 1, 2014, the date upon which all redesigned or new websites needed to comply with WCAG 2.0 level A guidelines. Roughly two years later, the vast majority of websites still have major, low-hanging-fruit accessibility issues. The picture is not much better in the United States.
The power of positive reinforcement?
So let's try injecting some positive reinforcement. With the advent of accessibility compliance laws in recent years, there must be some feel-good stories we can share about new access that users have to online functionality for the website properties that have made accessibility improvements. Let's celebrate these, and inspire designers and developers to do this with their own creations!
Leave a comment if you have experienced yourself, or heard a story of someone experiencing new access.