From the Executive Director: Considering Digital Accessibility

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Another hot summer in Florida, but hopefully everyone has been able to hit the links, wherever you are. Whether it is a round with family or friends or playing in one of the many competitions being conducted around the country, it is still a better day on the golf course than not.

In last month’s blog, we discussed the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how it relates to physical accessibility. But accessibility goes beyond just the physical structure of your facility, the golf course, and even how your facility or program welcomes people with disabilities.

Beyond reviewing your facilities and staff training, take time to review your digital presence to ensure accessibility. Accessibility includes your website, tee time process, apps, digital videos, payment system, etc. Think through the process and experience:

  • Can someone with a visual disability use screen-reader software for your website? 
  • Can someone with a visual or hearing disability make a tee time at your facility or register for your programs? 

It may help you win and retain customers and help you avoid potential lawsuits, as noted in this recent Wall Street Journal article.

In our own discussions with our website provider, it has become apparent that web browsers have taken over more and more of the heavy lifting with regard to accessibility features. For example, websites no longer need to specify font size increases, etc. Take time to have this conversation with your digital partners and share these resources from Google Chrome, detailing the many accessibility features provided by modern browsers.

But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t more work that can be done. As the article points out, it’s a bit of a moving target since there are no hard-and-fast rules on what constitutes accessibility in the technology realm. But we’re going to keep working at it.

On our website at www.accessgolf.org under Resources, you will find not only our toolkits for operators and for individuals with disabilities, but also links to other resources that will help make this game inclusive.

More to come next month so stay tune for the September blog.  Thank you all for reading this blog monthly, and for making sure that golf is inclusive for everyone!  Choose to Include!

Steve Jubb, PGA/LM

Executive Director

About National Alliance for Accessible Golf
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf is a coalition of recreational, therapeutic, and golf organizations committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities through the game of golf.

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