MERIL Receives Website Accessibility Award

If you want to make your website more accessible to people with disabilities, you may want to use MERIL’s site as an example.

The Missouri Governor’s Council on Disability awarded its first annual website/IT award to MERIL for having a website that strives to be accessible to all people. MERIL is a not-for-profit organization that provides resources to people with disabilities and those who are aging in Northwest Missouri. CEO Rob Honan accepted the award at the annual Power Up assistive technology conference in Columbia, MO.

“It’s an honor to be the first organization to receive this award,” Honan said. “One of the purposes of MERIL is to make our community more accessible to people with all types of disabilities, and it’s important for us and our information to be as accessible as possible.”

According to the award announcement from the Governor’s Council on Disability, “MERIL’s website is designed to be accessible to all, including people with visual impairments who are using a screen reader or other forms of assistive technology. It allows changes in font size, high contrast, and translation capabilities. Closed caption of videos and audio content make the website accessible to people who are deaf or hearing impaired.”

MERIL offers a variety of services for people with disabilities and those who are aging, including assistance with personal care attendants, in-home nursing, assistive technology, sign-language interpreting, youth transition, information and referral services, and community education and advocacy.

More information about MERIL and its resources is available at www.meril.org and at 816-279-8558.

Read the website award announcement here: http://disability.mo.gov/gcd/websiteaward.htm.

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