Our Mission & Values
Accessibility is an ongoing journey. We want to make the process of building accessible websites and applications approachable and sustainable. We believe the digital accessibility movement is at a tipping point; soon all developers will be required to understand how to build accessible products. We want to lead this change in an effort to support the universal right to access information and technology.
Working in a collaborative and helpful environment.
Being understanding and empathetic towards others.
Being reliable and valuable members of the team.
Building innovative technology that is usable by all.
Fixing the system so it offers equal access to all.
Acting with honesty and transparency.
Hiring people with disabilities to ensure we make an impact.
Thinking and acting big; we’re here to change the internet.
Headquartered in Burlington, Vermont, our hybrid-remote team is spread out across the US and Canada. We are passionate about digital accessibility, inclusivity, and justice. We love the feeling of leaving work for the day knowing that we’re making an actual difference in people’s lives. We believe in doing accessibility right, without the use of accessibility overlay tools.
Accessible Web is a spin-off of an established web design agency in Burlington, Vermont created by Peter Jewett. In early 2016, he was visiting his in-laws and was showing off the most recent websites that the team had launched. He noticed his mother-in-law, who has degenerative vision issues, appeared to be “pretending” to read and navigate the websites.
When he inquired, she noted that none of the websites would scale properly when she tried to zoom, and that she couldn’t see any of the links in blue. This started a conversation about website accessibility. This quickly turned into research and education as his team dove into WCAG 2.0, assistive technologies, and accessible coding techniques.
Around the same time, clients started asking about Web Accessibility and WCAG Conformance. From there, Accessible Web was born.
We’re Anti-Accessibility Overlays
Overlays provide a temporary solution that only serves as a “band-aid” over the accessibility issues on your site. They create an alternative and cumbersome experience for users with disabilities, completely disregarding their actual needs and experience.