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Barriers to Accessibility

Your organization may wish to do an assessment to help better understand its readiness to meet its accessibility requirements. An assessment may help develop an effective plan to prevent and remove barriers to accessibility.

It is important to understand barriers to accessibility when developing an organization’s accessibility plan.

What is a barrier to accessibility? Barriers can prevent a person with a disability from fully participating in society. Some examples of barriers are outlined below. Select each type of barrier for examples:

Information and communication

Example: Print that is too small to read


Example: Assuming that a person who has a speech impairment cannot understand you


Example: A website that does not support screen reading software

Policy or practice

Example: A hiring process that does not offer accommodations in interviews
Software programs that allow users to read the text displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer. Often used by people with vision loss or have a learning disability.