The 2020 presidential candidates are potentially missing on the vote and donations of the one in four Americans who have disabilities. While many of these candidates support disability rights, their websites tell another story.
When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed in 1990, the internet was just beginning to take form in American households. Today, however, the internet plays a significant role in how its users shop, find resources, and even vote. The ADA does not currently enforce that websites must be accessible. However, by neglecting to ensure a website’s functions can be used by people who have vision or hearing loss, we are essentially telling this audience block that they don’t matter. We are telling them their voice doesn’t matter.
In the article below, Time magazine explores the issue of inaccessibility, particularly within the presidential candidates’ own websites. While this mistake may not be intentional, it’s paramount that all websites are accessible to its users.