A student group named incluSITE is working on a project to increase web accessibility for users with visual impairments. At the CodeAda hackathon hosted by Women in Computer Science (WCS) last October, they leveraged the WAVE API to identify web accessibility issues in high-traffic federal websites; in their research, they found 965 individual web accessibility issues over 224 federal websites. As they continue this project in the DevAda program, they are interested in learning more about web accessibility. Their current goals are to develop a database of website accessibility statistics and provide alternatives to inaccessible sites. In the long run, they hope to create a tool that can improve a website's accessibility by automating some tasks like adding captions and ARIA.
They will join Explore with Hadi this month to get some insight on their project and currently available technologies for making websites screen reader friendly. Join us for a chat with a group of students seeking to help make the web more accessible!