Minimizing the Cost of Accessibility
Knowing about the costs involved in making a product or web site accessible is one of the best ways to ensure the success of this task. This helps you avoid unexpected financial issues that may hinder your project.
To assist you in becoming aware of the common expenses in an accessibility project, I’ve compiled some of the most important services you may need to acquire as you make your product or service accessible. This information should only serve as a set of examples and should not be treated as the only reference regarding accessibility-related expenses.
Accessibility Consulting Service
This is the most important service you need to acquire if you want to make something accessible. You can get this service from an accessibility consultant. This expert will evaluate the accessibility of your project, be it a web site or product. The consultant will give recommendations to solve the accessibility issues found in your product or site.
Your development team can then use the recommendations to fix the accessibility issues. When your team has made the changes, the consultant will check the project to ensure that it is indeed more accessible.
Once you have finished making the project accessible, you can work with your accessibility consultant to put your web site or product in front of persons with disabilities. This allows you to reach your target audience and increase your prospective clients.
You can minimize the cost of the accessibility consulting service by hiring the consultant during the initial stages of your project. When accessibility is implemented in the project’s early phase, less consultancy work will be required in the latter stages of the project.
The main goal of this training is to help you and your group understand the principles of accessibility. This is useful in ensuring that your team would be able to make the project accessible, and that they would be able to make future projects accessible as well.
An accessibility consultant can also provide this training. These courses may include topics about disability awareness, assistive technologies, and accessibility standards.
You can minimize the cost of the accessibility training by including only the topics that directly apply to your project. This ensures that the course would include the necessary topics within a more compact number of days.
This includes the costs of additional services involved in making the project accessible. For instance, if you have videos in your site, you may need services for captions. Or if you have podcasts which you want to make accessible, you may need transcription services so that you would have text transcripts for your audio files.
One way to lessen these costs is by doing these things on your own. It may, however, take too much time from your schedule. Alternatively, you can also acquire these services from your accessibility consultant.
Making a project accessible involves certain expenses. But there are cost-effective strategies you can do to ensure that you would only pay for the services that are necessary to you and the project.