Los Angeles, CA – May 16, 2019 – 43% of the Top 100 websites in the world are fully inaccessible to People with Disabilities (“PwD”) according to the State of Accessibility Report (“SOAR”) released today by Diamond, a digital agency at the intersection of development and innovation. SOAR establishes a baseline of the current state of digital accessibility. Released in celebration of the annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (#GAAD), SOAR aims to not only benchmark the state of digital accessibility, but provide a push to improve the situation with some concrete action items.
“For eight years, GAAD has seen tremendous traction,” says Joe Devon, co-founder of both Diamond and GAAD. “But the success of GAAD speaks to the severity of the underlying problem: we have failed to achieve web content parity for people with disabilities. We created this report to not only benchmark the current state of web accessibility, but, to engage the digital and developer ecosystems in a way geared at the developer community.”
Written with the digital community in mind, the SOAR report identifies specific accessibility deficiencies of top websites and includes a list of actionable steps developers can take to address accessibility issues now. SOAR touches on the rise in accessibility lawsuits over the past three years and provides an overview of workplace trends supporting the continued prominence of accessibility as a priority for both job-seekers and companies alike.
“As a member of both the developer and accessibility communities, it is my hope this report will help create a bridge between the two worlds and empower all stakeholders in the digital community to collectively move the needle on accessibility,” states Devon.
The 2019 SOAR report can be found here: https://diamond.la/SOAR
Diamond also encourages everyone to take a pledge to make a difference by signing up for the #GAADPledge here: https://diamond.la/GAADPledge
About Global Accessibility Awareness Day: GAAD, as it is known, is celebrated the third Thursday every May. It is a day the tech community can recognize the importance of digital accessibility to people with disabilities through discussions, programs and activities throughout the globe. Additional information can be found at the GAAD website: https://www.globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/
Diamond is a progressive digital agency specializing in accessible, scalable, high performance web and mobile applications. The founders have decades of Enterprise experience with a strong focus on Media and Entertainment. The partners cut their teeth building websites and voting apps for Reality and Talent Shows, Major Studios, and TV Shows. Diamond’s work has included Audits for major Digital Transformation projects, Infrastructure and API work for broadcasters and Accessibility work for retailers, startups and Enterprise. Diamond is a strong community and open source partner in Los Angeles.