Shift in political power may lead to shift in national conversations

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[] Chicago, Illinois - HurriKane Solutions provides Web Development for companies looking to comply with the U.S. Rehabilitation Act for the Blind. With a blind American now in a position of political power, the issue of accessibility - from brick and mortar to online - is at the forefront of a national conversation. There are at least 1.5 million blind and visually impaired Americans use computers.

Under the U.S. Rehabilitation Act (Section 508 and W3C standards), web sites that receive any federal or state funding are required to make their web sites compliant. Yet not all web developers are doing this. Corporate and privately-owned sites are not required either, resulting in those 1.5 million Americans without the opportunity to experience countless web sites. Ignoring this population is akin to ignoring customers as they head to other web sites that do comply.

"This is the future of the World Wide Web," says Seth M. Kane, managing partner of hurriKane Solutions, LLC, a Chicago-based web site design firm, which creates compliant corporate and e-commerce web sites. "Creating a web site that matches Section 508 standards is essential for any successful web site. In short, you can't survive on the Internet without it."

Solutions that enhance accessibility for web sites include:

* The first, and by far the most important accessibility feature is the elimination of the mouse. Visitors can navigate through the pages by using specialized keys.

* Another solution is including screen readers, which is software applications that allow those with visual impairments to read text on computer screens. The software accomplishes this by reading the text out loud or translating it into Braille.

* The wise technology officers are already looking at ways to make their web sites more accessible. Today, a company cannot function without a web site. It is only a matter of time before the 1.5 million disabled people in the United States demand access to all web sites as well.

How to Tell if a Site is Accessible:

A person who is blind or disabled knows to how use the specialized keys to find out if the site is accessible.

For another easy test, the bottom of a web site typically has an "Accessibility" link if it is accessible for the blind. To see an example of an accessible site that was recently developed by hurriKane Solutions, please visit Red Dog House, LLC. By navigating to the Accessibility tab at the bottom of the page, visitors of the web site can read about the company's philosophy with regard to accessibility, and access a list of key codes which gives instructions for use. To see an example of accessibility features, please visit Red Dog House's website.

Chicago-based hurriKane Solutions is a private company which develops e-commerce web sites and provides other online solutions that affect and improve the bottom line for their clients. HurriKane Solutions focuses on creating web sites that make an impact, and specializes in making clients' web sites compliant for disabled users as well. Information about the solutions provided by hurriKane Solutions can be found at their website, or by calling (312) 285-0408.


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