Q&A: Jill Bateman Makes Online Accessibility a Priority at Ohio University

Q&A: Jill Bateman Makes Online Accessibility a Priority at Ohio University

EDTECH: When you look at the higher education landscape, what do you see in terms of the state of digital accessibility broadly? Bateman: It’s interesting, because in general, digital accessibility is really kind of broken. However, in higher education, there’s a really strong emphasis that’s being placed on digital accessibility. Higher education is really leading the way in bridging that gap. WebAIM does a study every year that looks at the top 1 million websites in the world and checks their homepages for accessibility issues, and 96.8 percent of the websites this last year had something like 51 errors per page. Those are all barriers that someone with a disability will have a hard time with, or they may not be able to use it at all. But in higher …
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