Our Approach to Accessibility
We are committed to making accessibility a core consideration from the earliest stages of this website. Over time, we plan on incorporate more accessibility principles into the design of this website and the release of continuing new blog posts. We also hope to cultivate relationships with a variety of users and advocacy groups to solicit feedback.
Accessible Web Initiatives
We stand with Google’s active campaign that actively promotes an accessible web by developing this site with their standards in mind. As we develop this site, we’re currently involved with the integrating as much as posisible, the concepts put forth by the Google’s Accessibility Initiative.
Created by the FCC to develop recommendations for increasing accessibility to video content in various forms, the VPAAC included an appointee from Google, which Naomi Black and Ken Harrenstien shared over a two-year term.
The WCAG is one of the most widely-accepted international standards for accessibility. Two Google employees are involved in the WCAG. Loretta Guarino Reid, a senior software engineer, is one of the editors of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Louis Cheng, a Technical Program Manager, serves as a member of the WCAG Working Group.
To make it easier for companies, educational institutions, and government agencies to comply with accessibility standards, we provide transparent information about how our products currently work for people with disabilities. We offer the following Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPAT). We’ll continue to update this site as additional VPAT documentation is available.
To further our commitment to accessibility, we have launched a global initiative called Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities. The program advances ideas and emerging technologies that increase independence and opportunity for people with disabilities. Learn more about the Google Impact Challenge for Disabilities