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You know the old adage that real estate is a numbers game?

Well, that got me thinking about numbers. And more specifically, some of the stats around people with disabilities and web accessibility. For example:

  • In the United States, one in four adults lives with some kind of disability.
  • The median income for an employed person with a disability is roughly the same as the national average.
  • Every year, around 5% of working Americans experience a short-term disability due to illness, injury, or pregnancy.
  • 97% of the internet is inaccessible to people with disabilities.

What do these numbers tell us? When it comes to buying and selling homes, people with disabilities should not be considered an edge case. But more often than not, they’re let down by websites and apps that make it difficult to browse homes or fill out contact forms.

In this post, I discuss the importance of web accessibility, explain some of the laws you need to know, and share tips on how you can make your website accessible to every visitor.