Ability To Add Plugins and Widgets
In order to install plugins and widgets you must be an administrator of a self-hosted WordPress site. If your site URL ends in wordpress.com, then you do not have a self-hosted site. If you know you are on wordpress.com but have purchased a special domain name, you still do not have a self-hosted site. With a self-hosted site in a university or corporation, you may still not have permission to add plugins or widgets.
Adding Accessibility Features
Once you have this sorted out and you know you can add plugins and widgets, there are some that will let you add accessibility features and functionality.
- Joe Dolson
- WP Accessibility adds several important accessibility features including skip links, language and text direction attributes, and the ability to require alt descriptions. It also fixes a number of issues like stripping redundant title elements, adds post titles to standard “read more” links, and more.
- Accessible Video Library adds a method to add captions, subtitles, and reference YouTube videos.
- Rian Rietveld
- WP Accessible Twitter Feed a widget with an accessible Twitter feed that validates to WCAG 2.0.
- Genesis Accessible works with the theme Leiden, an accessible child theme for the Genesis Framework, and this plugin Genesis Accessible, to provide a WCAG 2.0 AA accessible-ready WordPress website. Must have Genesis framework.
Thanks To Joe and Rian
Joe and Rian are very active members of the WordPress Accessibility Team and have more accessible plugins and widgets. I use WP Accessibility by Joe and WP Accessible Twitter Feed by Rian. The banner image on my site is a photo of a gift that Rian gave me and each accessibility team member last fall at WordCamp San Francisco. It’s a very small pair of ceramic Dutch wooden shoes with a braille tag. Thanks very much to Joe and to Rian for working so hard to help improve WordPress accessibility.