Announcing Equalize Digital
Road Warrior Creative's New Website Accessibility Arm
Since 2016, Road Warrior Creative has been designing and developing websites for an increasing number of government agencies, public universities, K-12 schools, and nonprofits receiving federal grant dollars. These projects are interesting and challenging and have given us the opportunity to refine our skills in one particular area of note: website accessibility.
What is website accessibility?
Simply put, an accessible website is one that can be accessed and interacted with by people of all abilities using all devices, including assistive technology devices like screen readers.
Having an accessible website is actually a legal requirement – under Section 508 for entities receiving federal funding and for all businesses under the ADA.
We Strive to Make a Difference on the Web
User experience has always been a primary focus of our work, but while working on these publically funded projects, we’ve had the opportunity to experience first-hand the importance of accessible websites through the lens of blind and visually impaired testers.
More than 1 billion people in the world and 1 in 4 American adults have a disability which may prevent them from using or interacting with the online world in a traditional manner. As a creator of websites, applications, and digital content, we believe it is our social responsibility to ensure everything we build or create is usable by people of all abilities.
Living Our Values
From day one, Chris and I created Road Warrior Creative to be a purpose- and values-driven company. We strive to be a catalyst for positive change on the web and to set an example for how other entrepreneurs might do business. That’s why Road Warrior Creative is in the process of becoming a certified B-Corp and why we frequently talk with our clients about values-based marketing. It’s why both Chris and I frequently volunteer our time mentoring startups and first-time business owners. We want to do more than just help people sell widgets.
Over the past 12 months, the Road Warrior Creative team has felt increasingly called to make a greater impact within the world of web design and development, and we regularly discussed how to best achieve impact as a company. 2020 has been a year of unexpected twists and turns, and amid the chaos, we realized that internet accessibility was an area where we can have a significant impact.
After thoughtful consideration, we realized that we could have the greatest impact if we split this work into its own accessibility-focused brand and, thus, Equalize Digital was born.
About Equalize Digital
Too many website designers and web development agencies fail to consider accessibility as they design and develop projects for clients. The services Equalize Digital offers are specially targeted to filling this accessible web gap, whether by providing accessibility remediation of existing websites and education or developing new websites designed and coded from an accessibility-first perspective.
Equalize Digital’s Services
Equalize Digital offers accessibility remediation packages that allow existing websites to achieve accessibility at a pace that makes sense for their organization and budget. It is our goal to help make website accessibility achievable by organizations of all sizes and with a broad range of budgets.
To learn more about Equalize Digital’s services, click a link below:
- WCAG 2.1, Section 508, & ADA Website Accessibility Audits
- Website Accessibility User Testing
- Website Accessibility Remediation
- Accessible Website & Application Development
- Accessibility Certification, Statements & VPAT
- Ongoing Website Accessibility Monitoring
- Web Accessibility Training
What This Means for Road Warrior Creative
Worried that things will change here at Road Warrior Creative? Don’t be.
With the launch of Equalize Digital, everything you love about Road Warrior Creative will stay exactly the way it is. We will still be doing work and providing hosting and support plans as Road Warrior Creative. The only change you may notice is that our phone greeting now lists both Equalize Digital and Road Warrior Creative, and you have extra ways of reaching us – the whole team now has @equalizedigital.com email addresses, too!
Learn More or Get Accessibility Help
If you’re interested in learning more about Equalize Digital or website accessibility, please visit our new website, equalizedigital.com.
We’re currently offering free risk assessments which include a complimentary accessibility scan of your home page and a report of errors. You may request an accessibility risk assessment here.
Thanks for being part of our digital community and we hope you’ll join us in celebrating this new venture.