TEL AVIV, Israel, May 25, 2021 / PRNewswire / – to access, the market leader in web accessibility, today announced the upcoming launch of access search, a consumer-centric non-profit initiative providing the first-ever search engine created specifically for end users with disabilities. Designed in partnership with leading disability-focused nonprofits, this initiative is built for the community, with the community. Through partnerships with organizations such as United Spinal Association, Columbia Lighthouse For The Blind (CLB), The Viscardi Center, The IMAGE Center of Maryland, Earle Baum Center of the Blind, Defined2Heal, Senspoint and others, accessFind will be the first search engine designed to improve the way people with disabilities navigate the Internet by building an accessible and user-friendly website index.
Prior to launch, accessFind is inviting additional community-driven NGOs to join this initiative as founding members, further shaping accessFind’s vision and giving broad representation to its community.
On average, people perform 5.4 billion Google searches per day, enjoying endless results and opportunities through access to search engines. However, for the 1.5 billion people with disabilities around the world, this experience is quite different. Only 2% of all websites are accessible, so the chances of finding an accessible website in search engines today are slim to zero. accessFind aims to reduce the frustrations experienced by people with disabilities as the first and only search engine that finds accessible websites.
“I know first-hand the challenges people with disabilities face when it comes to Internet accessibility. This is what we call the ‘Web Accessibility Gap’, and this initiative will go a long way in bridging that gap. gap “said Michael Hingson, head of the accessiBe vision. “Browsing millions of websites that weren’t designed for people with disabilities can be an overwhelming, even intimidating experience. Our intention in creating accessFind is to be the new gateway to an inclusive web, by showing only accessible websites, and by empowering and connecting the community with businesses, services and knowledge sources – so that people with disabilities have access to the full potential of the Internet. “
“For too many people, using popular search engines is a frustrating and fruitless experience,” said Shir Ekerling, CEO of accessiBe. “With the understanding of the web accessibility gap, the decision to put our resources into accessFind was easy. With accessFind, Internet users with disabilities finally have a search engine that provides them with easily accessible website results, working to bridge the existing digital divide. “
accessFind will already have over 120,000 accessible websites upon launch, producing a tailored browsing experience that ensures search results are accessible to all users. Any accessible website is welcome to join accessFind. In addition, non-profit organizations can still be part of the founding member group. Whether you want to join the index or want to become a founding member, you can visit accessfind.com for more information.
“We live, work and play in an increasingly digital world. accessFind is where people with disabilities can search for websites and be assured that they are accessible, thus removing the frustration that occurs when logging into an inaccessible site, ”said Michel Caprara, Chief Information Officer, The Viscardi Center. “We hope this is another step forward in encouraging businesses and organizations to make their websites accessible to all users and that every search engine follows accessFind’s lead.”
accessFind is just one of the many initiatives that accessiBe is rolling out as part of its public roadmap. The goals of accessiBe are to educate and raise awareness about a more accessible and inclusive Internet, to solve web accessibility issues through cutting-edge technology, tools and services, and to realize its vision of making the Internet accessible by 2025.
accessiBe was created as an innovative AI-powered web accessibility solution that makes the web accessible, automated and affordable. Founded in early 2018, accessiBe’s proprietary technology analyzes and modifies website behavior in real time, to be accessible to people with disabilities and ADA and WCAG 2.1 compliant. Today, accessiBe is a comprehensive accessibility hub providing solutions for businesses of all sizes with services and tools that empower everyone to participate in making the Internet accessible and inclusive. The founding team of accessiBe has deep expertise in website creation and manual accessibility and created the technology in close partnership with users with visual impairments, epilepsy, motor impairments and cognitive dysfunction. To learn more, please visit: accessibe.com.