Below are a few helpful tools that may make your website more accessible for visitors with visual impairments.
- Enlarged Font – With enlarged font options, there isn’t the constant need to zoom in and zoom out on a page. Instead, the font is customizable to match website visitors’ needs.
- Text–to-Speech – Having a webpage read aloud can be incredibly helpful for many people with visual impairments.
- Color Contrast – Many visually impaired people have trouble when the color contrast isn’t distinct enough. It’s important to make sure there is enough of a difference that your users can see different elements on your site. To check if your contrast ratios are WCAG 2.0 compliant, you can use an online contrast checker.
- Highlighted Links – If something is important enough to link to, then make it clear where the links are within the text.
- Screen Dimming – A lot of users are light-sensitive. While this is a pretty standard feature on most digital devices, it’s still extremely important to mention. If you have a website, dim the screen and then look at the content. Is anything tough to read, or are there images that become tougher to see? If it is, make modifications where possible.
If you own a website and want to help visually impaired users, consider installing the UserWay widget. It takes care of a lot of the modifications necessary to help visually impaired users see without changing any of your site’s code. Once you install the widget (it only takes a few minutes) users will have the ability to enlarge the text, change the font to something that is easier for them to read, modify the color contrast, and more. It’s a simple way to boost your WCAG 2.0 compliance and give your users the help they need to read your content.
Any other modifications that I missed? If you’re visually impaired, do you have go-to adaptive technology that we should try out? Let us know what helps you in the comments below!