What are the laws and regulations surrounding digital accessibility?
As of July 1, 2018, it’s already mandatory for (semi-)government organizations to develop websites and mobile apps according to the accessibility requirements established by the EU (WCAG 2.0 guidelines).
Some of these requirements consist of relatively simple things like subtitling videos, but also think about making sure there is enough contrast on your website or offering an read-aloud function. There is a whole list of standards to help you make your website or app accessible.
Governmental bodies should publish an accessibility statement for every website and app they develop and/or make available. This accessibility statement shows which requirements/guidelines the product meets.
On accessibilitystatement.nl you can easily create your statement.
Accessibility means a better experience for everyone
The great thing about creating accessible websites, is that it ultimately provides a better experience for all your users. Because even for people without disabilities, it’s nice when a website is clear and works well. Research has also shown that websites that score well on accessibility reach a larger audience, rank higher in Google and are more user friendly than websites that score low on accessibility.