Path To Access http://pathtoaccess.com Helping Make the Internet Accessible! Fri, 19 Jun 2009 00:41:49 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Access For Everyone http://pathtoaccess.com/?p=1 http://pathtoaccess.com/?p=1#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2009 05:56:21 +0000 admin http:/?p=1 Imagine this – you sit down to your computer and your assignment is to navigate through the Internet….without a mouse. Sounds impossible doesn’t it? You have just encountered what millions of people face every day. Welcome to the world of accessibility on the Internet.

Path to Access is dedicated to raising greater awareness of Internet and website accessibility. Most people would probably be shocked to learn the vast majority of websites on the Internet are not accessible to those with audio, visual and certain mobility disabilities. The mission of Path to Access is to increase the amount of accessible websites on the Internet. We do this by consulting with companies and individuals and providing them with the benefits of making their new or existing website accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities.

Path to Access consists of a team of Internet veterans who specialize in online accessibility as well as social networking and Internet marketing. For quality assurance, Path to Access uses a team of people living with disabilities to help review sites to ensure their accessibility and usability.

Path to Access has assisted several small and medium sized companies with making their websites more accessible. Path to Access helps companies and individuals understand the benefits of having an accessible website. First, we help break down the myths. Making a website accessible does not mean you are left with a plain and boring website. Accessibility changes the way a site functions and in turn allows sites to be accessed by those who were once locked out. The more accessible the website, the broader the audience. The broader the audience, the more traffic to the site. Many companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars building and driving traffic to their website, yet millions of people using the Internet can’t use that very website because of accessibility issues.

More than a decade ago, the U.S. government created a standard known as Section 508. This requires Federal Agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to those with disabilities. This was done to ensure information could be obtained and used with ease. Currently, only government websites are required to meet accessibility standards. Because only a handful of corporate websites recognize the benefit of adhering to these standards, less than 5% of U.S. websites are accessible.

One of our largest success stories is FindAnyFloor.com, the most visited flooring information site on the Internet. FindAnyFloor.com contains over 50,000 pages of content and attracts over 400,000 visitors per month. FindAnyFloor.com is an example of how accessibility can work on any scale and is paving the way for companies in the private sector to follow suit.

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