As recently as January 2020, the World Health Organization estimated that there are more than one billion people living with disabilities, with over 100 million persons having significant difficulties functioning (for more information, see www.who.int/disabilities/en). Many of these disabilities can affect access to information technologies. Additionally, the same individuals who run into barriers that impede access to information technologies could benefit most from using them.
Given the importance of the internet, accessibility to the web is of critical importance to people with disabilities around the world, including people with auditory, cognitive, physical, neurological, and visual disabilities. It is likewise important to those with accessibility needs due to aging.
Providing accessible web content can also benefit people who do not have disabilities but who are experiencing situational barriers. For example, when accessing the internet from devices with small screens or in low bandwidth situations, or when experiencing barriers due to language or literacy levels, accessibility solutions can also support improved access.
Schwan's Shared Services, LLC and its affiliates (collectively, "Schwan's") are committed to ensuring equal access for people with disabilities. As potential customers and employees of Schwan's, they are important contributors to Schwan's business success and should not be excluded, but rather welcomed into the Schwan's family.