What It Is
Web accessibility is ensuring that persons with any disability type—including motor, auditory, cognitive, seizure/neurological, and visual impairments—are able to use web content, and ensuring that content is "perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust."
Why It's Important
In creating an accessible experience, it's essential to understand the needs of each disability type and build agency sites accordingly. Doing so provides the opportunity for all citizens to participate in, and contribute to, the web.
To meet the mandates of Section 508, we content managers, developers, designers, and all those involved in building government websites, must endeavor to provide all U.S. citizens with timely, usable access to government information. As agencies have embraced the use of social media, more than ever, it's important that our users have the ability to interact with government at every level.