We’re excited to welcome Deque as a first-time sponsor of WordPress Accessibility Day. Deque is a supporter of open source, provides respected accessibility tools and education, and is a perfect fit in the WordPress Accessibility Day community.
About Deque Systems, Inc.
Deque (pronounced dee-cue) is a web accessibility software, services, and training company. They believe everyone, regardless of their ability, should have equal access to the information, services, applications, and everything else on the web.
Deque offers organizations an easier, faster path to digital accessibility. They help reduce compliance risk without sacrificing innovation – using AI-powered tools, the brightest minds in the industry, and over 20 years of experience.
They have experience working in WordPress and know what it takes to choose, build, and maintain accessible themes, plugins, and content.
Why Deque Systems, Inc. Supports WordPress Accessibility Day
Deque’s mission is digital equality. They use education, empathy building, and enablement to help make this a reality. Sponsoring WordPress Accessibility Day is an ideal fit for Deque’s mission, and with more than 40% of the web powered by WordPress, it’s a way to make a big impact.
With so much of the web built on WordPress, it’s critical that we all work together to improve the accessibility of this massive corner of the Internet.Laura Nandakumar, Deque
In addition to wanting to see improvement in websites built with WordPress, they also want to share information about their own commitment to open source and accessibility education. They would love to see more people take advantage of resources like axe-con, Deque University and axe Tools to continue the important work of making the web accessible to all.
Deque’s Website is Powered by WordPress
Deque’s primary website, Deque.com is built on WordPress, so if you’re looking for a great example of how accessible a WordPress website can be, check it out.
Deque takes the accessibility of its own website and online presence very seriously. All Deque employees get accessibility fundamentals training. They work in sprints to prioritize the most critical/serious issues, and continuously scan their website to catch any new issues.
Coupled with the use of the axe DevTools browser extension and just 2 hours a week of expert advice, they’re able to continuously improve the accessibility of their site without slowing down their fast-moving digital marketing team. This goes to show that accessibility doesn’t need to be a limiting factor in WordPress or on the web in general.
Deque’s Tips for Accessibility
If you’re working to improve the accessibility of your online presence, Deque recommends these three steps:
- Get Quick Wins – Use axe tools or an audit to act fast in detecting common accessibility issues.
- Build on your foundation – With some training, coaching or consulting help, your team will become self-sufficient.
- Stay inclusive – With some strategic advice, transform your business into an inclusive brand, with accessibility by design.
More Great Accessibility Resources from Deque
Deque provides a wealth of information and resources on website accessibility year-round. If you want to learn more check out their blog and on-demand webinars. They also host an annual digital accessibility conference, axe-con, that is free and virtual.
You can learn more about axe-con, happening next in February 2024, and all Deque has to offer in this recording of a live interview with Glenda Sims of Deque.
And don’t forget to visit Deque’s sponsor page for great swag and a chance to win Braille Legos.