Accessibility: Adding an Accessibility Statement to Your Site

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Accessibility statements outline what you or your brand / business have done on your site to make it more accessible to people with disabilities. 
You can use the following article to assist you in writing your site's accessibility statement. However, it should not be relied upon for legal advice as laws and requirements may differ depending on your region. 
In certain countries, an accessibility statement is the legal obligation of the site owner. Please ensure you are following the laws and requirements of your region.
In this article, learn more about accessibility statements:

What to include in an accessibility statement

When you create and publish an accessibility statement on your site, you may want to include the following:
  • The date the statement was last updated.
  • A general statement on the accessibility efforts that have been implemented. Examples include:
  • Known accessibility limitations due to the use of third-party services on the site.
  • Any accessibility arrangements and accommodations in the physical site of business (such as theaters, restaurants, etc.).
  • Contact information for the person responsible for your site's accessibility, such as their full name, e-mail address, and telephone number.
Want to add more information?
Use our accessibility checklist to get ideas for your site's accessibility statement.

Adding an accessibility statement to your site

Add an accessibility statement to make a clear declaration of your company's efforts in web accessibility. We recommend using a dedicated page for the statement, and linking to it from your site's header or footer.

To add an accessibility statement to your site:

  1. Add a page to your site, and name it "Accessibility Statement".
  2. Add text boxes to the page, and enter your accessibility statement into them as needed. 
  3. Create a link to the page with text or a button, and name it "Accessibility Statement". 
  4. Attach the linked text / button to your site's header / footer to ensure visitors can view the statement from any of your site's pages.
Use multiple text boxes in your statement to ensure that each part of the text has the correct HTML tag (h1/h2/p). You can check the example in the next section to see which HTML tags to use.

Accessibility statement template

The purpose of the following template is to assist you in writing your accessibility statement. Please note that you are responsible for ensuring that your site's statement meets the requirements of the local law in your area or region.
Accessibility statement (h1)
(p) This statement was last updated on [enter relevant date].
(p) We at [enter organization / business name] are working to make our site [enter site name and  address] accessible to people with disabilities.
What web accessibility is (h2)
(p) An accessible site allows visitors with disabilities to browse the site with the same or a similar level of ease and enjoyment as other visitors. This can be achieved with the capabilities of the system on which the site is operating, and through assistive technologies.
Accessibility adjustments on this site (h2)
(p) We have adapted this site in accordance with WCAG [2.0 / 2.1 / 2.2 - select relevant option] guidelines, and have made the site accessible to the level of [A / AA / AAA - select relevant option]. This site's contents have been adapted to work with assistive technologies, such as screen readers and keyboard use. As part of this effort, we have also [remove irrelevant information]:
  • Used the Accessibility Wizard to find and fix potential accessibility issues
  • Set the language of the site 
  • Set the content order of the site’s pages
  • Defined clear heading structures on all of the site’s pages
  • Added alternative text to images
  • Implemented color combinations that meet the required color contrast
  • Reduced the use of motion on the site
  • Ensured all videos, audio, and files on the site are accessible
Declaration of partial compliance with the standard due to third-party content (h2) [only add if relevant]
(p) The accessibility of certain pages on the site depend on contents that do not belong to the organization, and instead belong to [enter relevant third-party name]. The following pages are affected by this: [list the URLs of the pages]. We therefore declare partial compliance with the standard for these pages.
Accessibility arrangements in the organization (h2) [only add if relevant]
(p) [Enter a description of the accessibility arrangements in the physical offices / branches of your site's organization or business. The description can include all current accessibility arrangements  - starting from the beginning of the service (e.g. the parking lot and / or public transportation stations) to the end (such as the service desk, restaurant table, classroom etc.) It is also required to specify any additional accessibility arrangements, such as disabled services and their location, and accessibility accessories (e.g. in audio inductions and elevators) available for use]
Requests, issues, and suggestions (h2)
(p) If you find an accessibility issue on the site, or if you require further assistance, you are welcome to contact us through the organization's accessibility coordinator:
  • [Name of the accessibility coordinator]
  • [Telephone number of the accessibility coordinator]
  • [Email address of the accessibility coordinator]
  • [Enter any additional contact details if relevant / available]
Next step:
Go back to the Accessibility Checklist to continue improving your site for accessibility.

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