accessiBe, the market leader in web accessibility, announces the new accessFind search engine to help people with disabilities find accessible websites

TEL AVIV, Israel, May 25, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — accessiblethe market leader in web accessibility, today announced the upcoming launch of accessSearch, a consumer-centric non-profit initiative that provides the first-ever search engine created specifically for end users with disabilities. Designed in partnership with 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 MarylandEarle Baum Center of the Blind, Determined2Heal, Senspoint and others, accessFind will be the first search engine designed to improve the way people with disabilities browse the Internet through the creation of an accessible, user-friendly index of websites.

Prior to launch, accessFind invites other community-focused 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 unlimited results and opportunities through search engine access. However, for the 1.5 billion people with disabilities in the world, this experience is very different. Only 2% of all websites are accessible, so the chances of finding an accessible website in today’s search engines are slim to none. 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 that people with disabilities face when it comes to internet accessibility. We call it ‘the web accessibility gap’, and this initiative will go a long way in bridging that gap. “, said Michael Hingson, Chief Vision Officer of accessiBe. “Browsing millions of websites that were not designed for people with disabilities can be an overwhelming, even daunting experience. Our intention in creating accessFind is to be the new gateway to an inclusive web, displaying only sites accessible web, and by empowering and connecting the community with businesses, services and sources of knowledge – 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 an understanding of the web’s accessibility gap, the decision to put our resources into accessFind was easy. With accessFind, web 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 at 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 group of founding members. 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 find websites and make sure they’re accessible, eliminating the frustration that comes with searching. connecting to an unreachable site,” said Michael Capara, 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 the example of accessFind.”

accessFind is just one of the many initiatives deployed by accessiBe as part of its public roadmap. accessiBe’s goals are to educate and raise awareness for a more accessible and inclusive Internet, to solve web accessibility issues through cutting-edge technology, tools and services, and to achieve its vision of making the accessible internet by 2025.

About accessiBe
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 the behavior of websites in real time, to be accessible to people with disabilities and ADA and WCAG 2.1 compliant. Today, accessiBe is a real accessibility hub offering solutions to companies of all sizes with services and tools allowing everyone to contribute to making the Internet accessible and inclusive. The founding team of accessiBe has deep expertise in the field of website creation and manual accessibility and created the technology in close partnership with users with visual impairments, epilepsy, motor impairments and cognitive dysfunctions. To learn more, please visit: accessibe.com.

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