Accessibility overlays have existed on the market since at least around 2004. Companies such as Readspeaker offered products that displayed a widget on customers’ websites that were best described as “add-on assistive technologies”. The primary feature offered by such products was the ability to read the page content aloud to a website’s users.
Today, via Facebook’s “Memories” feature, my good friend and mentor Mike Paciello shared this tweet from Steve Faulkner:
As I write this, 97% of the US population is under stay-at-home orders, which means that unless a person is an essential employee or performing an essential function, they must stay home. All 50 states are in a State of Emergency. The economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic has been massive. Consumer spending is down and unemployment is the highest it has been since the Great Depression. Among the hardest hit businesses are restaurants and bars. In March, the National Restaurant Association predicted between 5 and 7 million jobs would be lost. That number represents around 40% of the jobs in that sector. The downturn will most certainly mean the closure of massive numbers of restaurants and bars. Industry magazine QSR estimates that 11% of restaurants will shut their doors in April alone.
Tenon’s SaaS side of the business is one of the fastest growing and most efficient companies.
Since 2014 we’ve been focused on helping businesses large and small to improve their Web Accessibility. We’re excited to share that out of 3,500 SaaS companies last year, we were in the Latka top 5% in terms of revenue growth rate. This is a clear sign that our product continues to be loved as we work to scale.
With ADA lawsuits on pace to exceed 2,000 this year, there is no doubt that many clients shopping around for a design firm will be asking, “What do you do about accessibility?”