How to Create More Accessible Software
Creating more accessible software doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. The first step is to identify a champion within your organization who can lead the accessibility effort and begin by assessing where your organization currently stands in terms of accessibility regarding both inclusion in the SDLC and compliance with standards.
Like quality, the whole team can own accessibility, especially product owners and designers which brings accessibility to the beginning (left) of the SDLC. Teams can work together to create accessible designs, execute tests via browser add-ons, prioritize defect reports to then develop a plan to address those defects and incorporate those findings back into the process to avoid defects in the future. It’s important to educate all teams on accessibility standards and to create a centralized learning hub and document repository. This needn’t be a costly project; leverage existing tools and in-house talent to lead the effort.
You can also include accessibility in your shift left mentality by developing with accessibility in mind and including accessibility checks in your quality plan. As your organization adopts accessibility into your processes, document continuously. The more information your teams have access to and the more knowledge your teams possess on this topic as well as how it may impact your organization, the better.