Accessibility Resources

May 31st, 2021

some resources to get started

This documentation has been compiled by the AAF board as a resource for our members, and will continue to update over time.

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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) – The web accessibility bible. There’s also a quick reference guide that can help you break it down faster.

The A11y Project – If WCAG is feeling a bit dense (because it is), try this checklist instead.


A walk-through of the different lenses of accessibility – Accessibility is about more than the blind community, there’s also mobility, vestibular and seizure disorders, and more to consider! This article outlines some of the different lenses you can view your site’s accessibility through.

Why you should consider using “prefers reduced motion” for vestibular, seizure, and migraine disorders.

Website compliance guidelines in plain English – If you find yourself overwhelmed by the language of accessibility and ADA compliance, this is a good place to start.

A List Apart – Articles about everything from designing for cognitive differences to the intersection of accessibility and social justice.

A UX Copywriter’s Guide to Accessibility – How to write clear, concise, and accessible copy for better UX.

Design for Real Life (Book) – Develop inclusive practices to create experiences that support a wider range of people, more of the time.

Accessibility for Everyone (Book) – Get sure footing on the path to designing with accessibility.


WAVE accessibility checker – This site is a suite of evaluation tools that helps authors make their web content more accessible to individuals with disabilities and can identify many accessibility and Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) errors.

Color contrast checker – Check your website to make sure it meets contrast ratio requirements.

Stark – A suite of integrated accessibility compliance tools for software teams to help designs bake in accessibility from the start of the design process.

tota11y – An accessibility visualization toolkit designed to make usability testing easier to understand

Usecontrast – A macOS app for quick access to WCAG color contrast ratios

Chrome Lighthouse – Web development tool that can quickly scan for issues with page load times and accessibility

No Coffee – Simulates how pages appear for people with various vision issues

Axe – Web accessibility Chrome plugin


(Be warned though, just installing an overlay plugin and calling it a day does NOT necessarily mean your website is accessible!)

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