The small team at Sensory Friendly Solutions believes that becoming sensory-friendly, accessible and inclusive is a journey of many stops and starts, and not a single destination. We understand that what makes something digital or something tangible or in-person accessible and inclusive is evolving and changing over time. So, we are are committed to always learning. And sometimes, that means learning from our own mistakes or mis-steps, or misunderstandings.
Digital Accessibility Standards
On our website, we seek to provide accessiblity features and to improve the user experience. We know that sometimes when the user experience is improved for one person or group of people, it doesn’t have the same positive effect for another person or group of people. People have different sensory preferences and different learning styles. Nevertheless, we step forward with commitment to make our website more accessible and readible by applying relevant standards about both readability and accessibility, as we learn about them, and as they are created.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) defines requirements for designers and developers to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. Accordingly, it defines three levels of conformance: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA. Sensory Friendly Solutions is partially conformant to WCAG 2.1 level AA. That means that some parts of our content do not fully conform to the Level AAA accessibility standard. We do regular reviews and when we learn something new and have resources (time, skills, funds, etc.) to make changes we happily do so!
Feedback on accessibilty and inclusion
We welcome your feedback on your user experience and the accessibility features of the Sensory Friendly Solutions website. For example, someome took the time to email us about finding the use of the word “Asperger’s”on our website, which does not have universal support, so we changed our wording. It had been on our “list of things to explore,” but because someone wrote it, we made it a priority to enact change that we had been contemplating.
We strive to learn, to understand and to improve what we can, when we can; and we can only do that together with the people, businesses and organizations who also care about being more sensory-friendly, accessible and inclusive.
-Christel Seeberger, Founder and CEO, Sensory Friendly Solutions.