Close to 13% of the world's population are faced with some form of disability. This means that many people cannot access our websites and web tools with real ease as others.
Complicating things, there is a rise of self-taught developers who fail to learn key fundamental topics like accessibility. This leads to the creation of many websites and web tools that excludes those who are differently-abled.
Web accessibility is crucial. It helps us build while being intentional and deliberate in building for the margins. Building for the margins ensures we take everyone and their abilities into consideration. This makes sure the needs of everyone are catered for, a 'tide that lifts all boats' situation.
With the help of accessibility guidelines and tools to test and fix accessibility issues, it is possible to build more inclusive web products.
Accessibility promotes inclusivity and lets those of us who are usually excluded feel cared for and considered.
Hi! I'm Clifford Ouma — an undergrad student at Moi University in Kenya. I'm a front-end web developer, a User Experience Designer in training, and an introvert who strives to show empathy and understanding in everything I do. I consider myself a champion for tech communities and enjoy taking part in community-building to foster connection, learning, and growth — both in terms of skills and growth in network and experience.