Accessibility: What You Should Know

American Society for Training & Development article on Accessiblity. Accessibility is a buzzword that's been on the lips of people involved with e-learning for many months now. But what is it exactly? Optavia Corporation, a consulting firm that assists with issues of accessibility and usability, defines it as "the ability to use the Internet even when functioning under constraints." Those constraints can be of two types: functional limitations, also known as disabilities, and situational limitations, constraints caused by the devices a user is attempting to use. We would expand Optavia's definition to embrace not only the Internet but all electronic and information technology, as indeed the United States government has done.