More Inclusive and Accessible Hiring Process

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) blog says one in five Americans has a disability, and one in eight Americans is 65 and older. “If your website isn’t accessible to them, you could be losing out on potential job candidates or new customers, and exposing yourself to legal risk.”

SHRM offered employers the following advice for making the hiring process more inclusive:

· Consider Screen Reader Compatibility

Most operating systems today include a built-in screen reader that you can use to test your website, including Narrator on Windows and Voiceover on Mac OSX. For this assistive technology to work, it’s important to include detailed, consistent navigational elements in a web page structure, such as headers, titles, and lists, also called content structure. This article on explains content structure in more detail.

· Video Captions

Include captions and transcripts for all media, such as online videos, including Facebook Live, YouTube, and event videos.

· Offer Extended Time to Complete Assessments

Many people using assistive technology require extra time to navigate a website and complete tasks. For web pages with time limits, the user should have options to turn off, adjust, or extend that time limit.

· Color Contrasts

Did you know that red–green color blindness affects as many as eight percent of males? Low-vision conditions also increase with age. Helpful tools include Chromatic Vision Simulator, which shows what your site looks like to people with colour blindness, and VisionSim, which simulates conditions like macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa and cataracts.

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