Meet accessiBe – The First AI-Based Web Accessibility Solution

Connectivity is a ubiquitous component of the digital age, and it’s something that many people are continually applying to their everyday lives.

For example, a recent study by the Pew Research Center found that 25% of teenagers are “almost constantly online.” The results follow an earlier review of U.S. adults that concluded that the same proportion of adults are connected at the same rate.

In today’s digital-first economy, many of us are on our smartphones, laptops, and tables with indelible regularity, spending time on everything from Fortnite to Amazon.

Unfortunately, this broad accessibility isn’t available for everyone, and, in 2019, too many people don’t have access to this now critical functionality, making it more difficult to navigate in our modern landscape while restricting platforms’ access to a powerful customer base.

More specifically, web design and other elements build a wall between online platforms and those with disabilities, making them only half as likely to access technology and creating a significant data divide for more than 56 million people in the U.S. with a disability.

This is a problem.

A problem that is being tackled by various regulatory compliance bodies that are powered by the law, such as the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), issued by the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C’s) Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), and the federal law labeled as Section 508, requiring all electronic and information technology used by the federal government to be accessible to people with disabilities.

All website owners carry a responsibility to make their websites accessible to all users. It’s a matter of altruism – accessibility is the obvious moral position – and it’s also a matter of legality.

While companies like Domino’s are taking this issue up with the courts, the better solution for public and private platforms alike, is to adapt for accessibility.

Now, accessiBe’s AI-powered technology can make any website accessible to a broader range of people, simultaneously equipping millions of people to participate in the internet age while fostering regulatory compliance and platform growth for those that integrate its out-of-the-box technology.

Adapting For Accessibility

Holistic website accessibility includes accounting for a cadre of features that matter to a diverse set of users. Simple features like fonts, spacing, color contrast, and other aesthetics can make a significant difference in the usability of a website.

At the same time, more advanced features like pausing animations, providing on-screen dictionaries for the cognitively impaired, or an on-screen keyboard for the motor impaired are must-have features for many people.

Using existing solutions can make this an expensive proposition. Website accessibility experts can charge thousands of dollars to diagnose problems that they cannot fix. Consequently, fixing your website and making it accessible can quickly cost tens of thousands of dollars, putting this priority out of reach for too many platforms.

accessiBe accounts for all of these elements by applying a combination of foreground and background components that together create a seamless experience for web accessibility.

Using AI technology, accessiBe scans your website, identifying required adjustments and automatically implementing the best solutions to maximize usability. The initial process takes just 48 hours to complete, and it updates every day, meaning that even websites that are routinely refreshed remain accessible and compliant with the aforementioned regulations of the WCAG (including version 2.1), ADA and Section 508.

Perhaps most importantly, accessiBe doesn’t limit web design in the name of accessibility. Instead, it broadens usability, taking already beautifully crafted websites and making them applicable to a broader swath of users.

As accessiBe CEO, Shir Ekerling, explains, “For the first time in history, an accessible internet is not a distant dream but an achievable reality. With the utilization of AI, we streamlined the complex and costly process of making websites accessible and made it automatic, simple and affordable for any business.”

Since AI is doing the heavy lifting accessiBe controls costs while lowering turnaround time, providing rapid results that significantly improve usability and functionality for all users.

For companies looking to get the most out of their website by making it usable by as many people as possible, accessiBe’s simple solution is an obvious place to start. The comprehensive application of automation can be a boon for internet users.

Why It Matters

Web platforms have many reasons to get this element right.

First, and most importantly, website accessibility matters, and companies display a prescient lack of conscience when they fail to make reasonable efforts to make their services available for everyone.

“The digital world and the real world have become inseparable”, Ekerling explains. “When we exclude the disabled from the online world, we not only prevent them from enjoying what technology has to offer, we also take part in cutting off a disadvantaged group from essential resources needed to climb the social ladder”.

Of course, altruism isn’t the only motivation. Accessibility is the law.

US regulatory bodies demand that companies create platforms that are available to a broad and diverse user base. What’s more, these laws are being enforced with increasing regularity.

In 2018, 2,258 lawsuits were filed accusing platforms of being inaccessible to people with disabilities, an astounding 177% year-over-year increase. Consequently, companies are at risk for litigation, which carries both untold financial and public relations risks.

Government agencies, enterprise initiatives, and SMBs are all susceptible to these lawsuits, which places an inherent urgency for every organization to get this right.

Therefore, accessiBe stands out as a capable, affordable solution that promotes web adoption while fostering regulatory compliance.

Taken together, prioritizing web accessibility is a no-brainer, and companies have every reason to make it a built-in component of their internet infrastructure.

Conclusion

Ultimately, when platforms provide the most approachable, user-friendly interfaces possible, they engage the most people, making web accessibility a win-win for all stakeholders.

With AI’s burgeoning capabilities making this process relatively easy and hands-off, an out-of-the-box solution like accessiBe can transform any website, creating a stunning, user-friendly, accessible platform in the process.

As the internet continues to infiltrate our daily lives, the tools to allow more people to participate in this ecosystem couldn’t be more timely,

8 thoughts on “Meet accessiBe – The First AI-Based Web Accessibility Solution”

  1. Thanx for ideas. I’m no longer in a situation where I can even ask about this topic, but seems to me if you can come up with the correct Braille, you have solved the problem already for speech too.
    Ex is the layers in a .pdf. Looks good displayed, but cannot “machine read” without seeing the combo image.
    Now, if the web designer put out Braille or speech version, that is different, unusual (except very big sites) and very good.
    But the typical case is no effort at all on this.

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  2. Anyone that needs a special monitor for an image, almost certainly can use Braille for text, which is perfect for use with a touch monitor.

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  3. What is needed, as long as neuralink is still in development, is a “mechanical monitor” where images are represented by tactile stimulus, rather than light. I’ve seen things like this in videos, but they are doubtless disgustingly expensive. Tiny pins, that either vibrate to form images, or that move axially to form images in relief would work. I’d first try the moving pins. The “viewer” could run their hands over the monitor to build up the image in their minds, as is done to perceive faces.
    A reader is great for text, particularly prose, but an AI would not be able to interpret a photograph, or a diagram, and put it into words….yet. Then there is the problem of navigating sites designed to be used by GUI. There are some advantages to the way it was done in text, back in the day.

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  4. As a libertarian, I certainly favor the “reward” market driver over the “monopoly” or “specified solution” typical gov response. NASA “rewards” success by pitting Musk v Bezos. We could reward inventors with cash, rather than a monopoly to whomever leveraged them out of their patent.
    So far as I know, so called “screen readers” attempting to give verbal accounts of the html is about all there is now. But it is not ideal, certainly.
    Touch is interesting idea, but that usually goes with an image!
    As I say, any help is needed and welcome in this effort!

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  5. There are screen readers, and HTML/CSS have features specifically designed to support them. I don’t know how effective or convenient they are, having never used one, but I’m sure they’re better than nothing.

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  6. For the blind, the problem is the lack of an interface that is the touch equivalent of a video monitor. That’s not a problem of bandwidth, or adressible via html. if the fools that idiots elect want to actually help the blind, and those living in remote areas becom netizens, they should stop wasting tax dollars on virtue signaling, and lawyers by getting out of the way, so a free market can solve people’s problems. failing that they should give grants to musk et al to develop neuralink, and starlink.

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  7. I worked building websites for a blind school. Some of the sites were for only admins in the districts with the students. They were not blind admins. We did not make those sites accessible.
    But any help is needed! A very hard thing to get really right.

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