Research on accessibility programs presented to help organizations better serve people with disabilities during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vienna, VA – May 21, 2020
Level Access, the global leader in digital accessibility, in collaboration with G3ict and IAAP, announced today the publication of the annual State of Digital Accessibility Report. The research report reveals the results of a survey of 1,119 professionals in various roles related to digital accessibility including legal, compliance, product, design, and content creation.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp relief the role that technology plays in ensuring safe and equal access to many aspects of modern society,” said Tim Springer, CEO of Level Access. “Ensuring access to technology is provided to people with disabilities – digital accessibility – is a way to protect a profoundly vulnerable population in the time of the pandemic.”
“The doubling of survey responses year over year shows the considerable interest for trends in accessibility implementation,” said Axel Leblois, president and executive director of G3ict. “We encourage organizations to go through the detailed results of the survey and compare them to their own experience and hope that those results will help advance their endeavors and the accessibility profession at large.”
Working with G3ict and IAAP membership to survey as many accessibility professionals as possible, the report explores current trends in accessibility programs, tools, and testing, as well as legal trends, procurement, and accessibility in marketing programs.
Key findings from the 2020 Report:
- Nearly 68% of participants said that their organization feels compelled to be inclusive of people with disabilities.
- Nearly 70% of organizations outsource at least one accessibility task.
- While 94% agree that testing by people with disabilities is important, 56% of organizations are not doing it.
- More than 35% of participants stated that it was challenging to hire people with experience in digital accessibility.
- 55% of organizations have prioritized buying a product or solution because of its accessibility.
- 60% of organizations reported that current litigation trends have motivated them to move faster to achieve accessibility compliance.
These highlights and more can be found in the complete, accessible PDF report at https://www.levelaccess.com/2020-state-of-digital-accessibility-report.
G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies, is an advocacy initiative launched in December 2006 in cooperation with the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at UNDESA. Its mission is to facilitate and support the implementation of the dispositions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) promoting digital accessibility and Assistive Technologies. Participating organizations include industry, academia, the public sector and organizations representing persons with disabilities. For more information, please visit https://www.g3ict.org.
The International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is a not-for-profit association focused on advancing the accessibility profession globally through networking, education and certification in order to enable the creation of accessible products, content and services for persons with disabilities. For more information, please visit https://www.accessibilityassociation.org/.
About Level Access
Level Access provides industry-leading and award-winning digital accessibility solutions to over 1000 corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions. Level Access’s mission is to achieve digital equality for all users by ensuring technology is accessible to people with disabilities and the growing aging population. Founded in 1997, Level Access has an unparalleled history in helping customers achieve and maintain compliance with the full scope of accessible technology regulations and standards including the ADA, WCAG, CVAA, AODA, EN 301 549, and Section 508. Delivered through a comprehensive suite of software, consulting services, and training solutions, the company’s solutions ensure customer’s web, desktop, mobile, and electronic document systems are accessible to everyone. Level Access is endorsed by the American Banking Association, named a White House “Champion of Change” in 2014, and multi-year repeat winners on the Inc. 5000 list of fast-growing companies.