The Top Web Accessibility Tools for 2024

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When your website is accessible, you accommodate all visitors and users, including those with disabilities. And, thanks to a number of powerful tools, ensuring your website is accessible is both attainable and cost-effective. Here are the most powerful web accessibility tools available in 2024

accessiBe Team

The information presented within this guide is aimed at website owners seeking to learn the ropes of web accessibility. Technical elements are described in layman’s terms, and, as a rule, all topics pertaining to the legalities of web accessibility are presented in as simplified a manner as possible. This guide has no legal bearing, and cannot be relied on in the case of litigation.

The digital landscape is always evolving, and with each passing year, the importance of web accessibility becomes more evident. The web is a crucial hub for communication, entertainment, education, and commerce, and it's vitally important to ensure that it is accessible to all users, including those with disabilities

Approximately a quarter of adult Americans live with some form of disability. Too often, this group faces unnecessary barriers when trying to access and navigate the web. It is a moral imperative to eliminate these digital barriers, and we all need to do our part to help create more equitable online environments.

Fortunately, there are a number of powerful tools you can use to ensure that your website and web-based applications can be accessed by members of the disability community. Some of these tools perform more specific tasks, such as helping you find the right color contrast between text and its background. Other tools offer more comprehensive solutions and can be relied on to perform more advanced changes to ensure optimal accessibility. 

In this blog, we're going to introduce you to some of the top web accessibility tools available in 2024. We will guide you through their features, show you how they work, and explain how they can help make your website more accessible. 

Key Takeaways:
  • We've complied a list of the most powerful tools you can leverage to ensure your site is fully accessible
  • Different types of tools help you tackle various aspects of web accessibility
  • In this guide, we've broken down the tools into the following categories:
  • General accessibility evaluation tools
  • Comprehensive accessibility solutions
  • Screen Readers
  • Color contrast analyzers
  • Color simulators
  • Mobile accessibility tools
  • Accessibility browser extensions
  • Captioning and multimedia tools
  • Code-based tools
  • Document and PDF accessibility tools
  • WordPress accessibility plugins
  • Shopify accessibility apps
  • Wix accessibility apps
  • Webflow accessibility apps

What is a web accessibility tool?

Web accessibility tools play a crucial role in facilitating access to websites and web-based applications for individuals with disabilities. 

The more comprehensive of these tools work by integrating specific technical and design elements into a website's structure, ensuring it is compatible with assistive technologies such as screen reader tools. They do so by adjusting (or remediating) a website on a code level.

Other web accessibility tools focus on assessment and evaluation. These tools examine a website's level of accessibility by testing its conformance to established web accessibility guidelines, such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

What you need to know about WCAG 

By and large, web accessibility tools aim to help website owners conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Created by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), WCAG is considered the most important global web accessibility standard.

Whether your website is accessible will be determined by its level of conformance to WCAG. 

There are a number of WCAG iterations and each consists of three levels of conformance: Level A, AA, and AAA.

Here's a brief explanation of the differences between them:

How do you conform to WCAG?

Conforming to WCAG entails addressing a number of elements within your website, including, but not limited to:

  • Ensuring compatibility with screen reader technology (e.g., NVDA and JAWS)
  • Allowing for keyboard navigation
  • Tweaking your color contrast to make all elements clearly visible
  • Adding audio transcription to videos
  • Adding alt text to meaningful images
  • Eliminating time limits on web pages
  • Making sure all titles and navigation are clearly labeled 

How can web accessibility tools help you?

1. They help simplify the web accessibility testing process

Web accessibility tools can play a pivotal role in simplifying and automating the process of web accessibility testing. With the complexity of modern websites and the wide array of potential accessibility issues that can occur, manual testing can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive process.

Web accessibility tools can automate a significant part of this testing process. These tools can quickly scan a website's code, identify potential accessibility issues, and even suggest potential fixes. They can quickly review dynamic content, forms, and hidden elements appearing within a given web page, and provide a comprehensive analysis of their state of accessibility.

2. They help make the necessary changes within a website to ensure it is accessible

Certain web accessibility solutions don't just spot problems—they help fix them. Once they've identified them, these solutions offer additional, complementary tools that remediate much of the accessibility issues existing within your website’s code. This lessens your dependence on manual intervention, saving you time and money.

3. They provide a better user experience for all visitors, including those who are abled

When your website is fully accessible, you obviously ensure people with disabilities are extended the user experience they deserve. Yet, adhereing to accessibility standards - made possible when using the right web accessibilty tools - results in a more seamless user experience for other members of your audience. Proper color contrasts and highly legible fonts, for example, allow for easier content consumption by people who are sighted. Videos that feature full and accurate captions will benefit viewers who prefer to watch videos while muted (a trend that has becoming increasingly popular among Gen Z and millenial auidences).  

It is worth mentioning that you can expect significant SEO improvements when your website becomes fully accessible, as well.  

4. They help you comply with with relevant web accessibility laws

There are a number of laws that protect the disability community from being discriminated against when engaging with websites and web-based applications. 

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), most businesses’ websites need to be made accessible. To comply with the law, it is widely accepted that websites need to conform to WCAG 2.0 Level AA, at bare minimum. Other laws point specifically to WCAG 2.0 Level AA as the standard websites must conform to in order to achieve compliance. These include Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which applies to government agencies, federally-funded organizations, and service providers to such organizations, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) which applies to most Ontario-registered businesses.

The right tools can help business and website owners assess their websites’ level of conformance with WCAG, and then perform many of the steps that will help bridge the accessibility issues found during the audit.

Web accessibility tools: The full list

Web accessibility is a wide field. A such, it includes a lot of tools and solutions. Additionally, many tools address specific areas of web accessibility, or apply to specific platforms. 

Therefore, we’re going to divide the list into a number of categories:

  1. General accessibility evaluation tools
  2. Comprehensive accessibility solutions
  3. Screen Readers
  4. Color contrast analyzers
  5. Color simulators
  6. Mobile accessibility tools
  7. Accessibility browser extensions
  8. Captioning and multimedia tools
  9. Code-based tools
  10. Document and PDF accessibility tools
  11. WordPress accessibility plugins
  12. Shopify accessibility apps
  13. Wix accessibility apps
  14. Webflow accessibility apps

You can press on each category to skip straight to it.

General accessibility evaluation tools

1. accessScan

Screenshot of accessScan.

accessScan is a free, automated tool that examines your website’s level of accessibility. Once you submit your website’s URL, accessScan will quickly examine its level of conformance with WCAG 2.1 Level AA. You will be assigned a score (compliant, semi-compliant, or non-compliant), along with a report detailing specific elements’ level of accessibility. The report (which you will be able to download as a PDF) will also include instructions on how to address and remediate accessibility issues found during the test.

Price: free.

2. Lighthouse

Lighthouse is an open-source, automated tool provided by Google for improving the quality of web pages. It has various audits including performance, SEO, best practices, and accessibility. For the accessibility audit, Lighthouse runs a series of checks against a web page, then generates a report on how well the page did. Each failed audit is accompanied by recommendations on how to fix the detected issues, direct links to the relevant WCAG criteria, and a scoring system that reflects the page's compliance level.

Pros:

Cons:

  • Requires some technical knowledge to interpret the reports and implement changes

Price: Lighthouse is free.


3. Axe

Axe is an accessibility checker used primarily by web developers. As such, Axe links each accessibility violation to the relevant on-site source code. Links to remediation guides are provided for each violation. 

Pros:

  • Integrates directly into browser development tools for ease of use
  • Detailed explanations and remediation advice for identified issues

Cons:

  • May not catch all nuances that a manual review would identify
  • Can generate false positives requiring human verification
  • Advanced features and support require a paid subscription

Price: Axe is free. However, to save test results or use additional developer tools, you will need to subscribe to a paid account. Pricing is available upon request.  


4. Accessibility Checker

Screenshot of Accessibility Checker's hompeage.

Accessibility Checker is a web-based testing tool that evaluates a web page's level of conformance with WCAG standards. Upon completing the scan, Accessibility Checker generates a detailed report highlighting the accessibility issues existing within the web page. To help remediate these accessibility issues, Accessibility Checker will recommend more powerful tools, like accessiBe, that can resolve these issues.

Pros:

  • User-friendly interface makes it easy for non-technical users to understand and use
  • Provides detailed reports with clear descriptions of accessibility issues
  • Recommends advanced tools for issues that require more sophisticated solutions

Cons:

  • Limited free scans per day; additional usage requires a paid subscription

Price: You can use Accessibility Checker for free on up to five web pages a day. For businesses with larger websites, packages are available starting at $99 per month.


5. IBM Equal Access Accessibility Checker

The IBM Equal Access Accessibility Checker is an open-source tool designed for web developers looking to test websites for accessibility. The tool conducts comprehensive audits of web pages, while checking for conformance with WCAG guidelines. Once the audit is complete, the tool then presents a dropdown list of detected violations. Additionally, it generates a compliance "percentage" that offers a quick and informative snapshot of the website's adherence to WCAG standards. 

Pros:

  • Open-source and free-to-use, making it accessible to a wide range of users

Cons:

  • Primarily designed for web developers, which may limit its use for non-technical users
  • May have a learning curve for those unfamiliar with accessibility testing tools

Price: Free.


6. Total Validator

Total Validator is a basic testing tool that can be used to test websites for WCAG conformance, as well as for HTML/CSS validation, link checking, and spell-checking reports. The tool is simple, yet effective, providing a clear view of fundamental infrastructure issues on a website. Total Validator is best-suited for developers who are searching for a tool that audits a variety of code elements, and not just those pertaining to accessibility. 

Pros

  • A robust tool geared toward developers
    Available as a Chrome extension

Cons:

  • Limited features when opting for the basic plan

Price: Total Validator's basic license is $12 per year and allows you to validate one page at a time. Users who require unlimited analysis can opt for a pro package at $49/year.


7. Pa11y

Pa11y is a set of open-source tools that help developers and website owners automate accessibility testing. By running against web pages, Pa11y reports on areas of a landing page that violate WCAG guidelines. This tool is highly flexible, allowing for automated testing in the development environment or continuous integration workflow. It offers detailed reports that outline violations and provides suggestions for corrections, linking directly to the relevant sections of WCAG for comprehensive guidance.

Pros:

  • Flexible and customizable to fit different development environments
  • Supports command-line interface for easy integration into build systems
  • Can test both publicly accessible and locally hosted web pages

Cons:

  • Requires some setup and familiarity with command-line tools
  • Primarily relies on automated testing, which may not capture all accessibility nuances

Price: Free.


8. SortSite

Screenshot of SortSite's homepage.

SortSite is a comprehensive website testing tool that evaluates a range of issues including accessibility, broken links, HTML and CSS standards, search engine optimization, and more. In regards to accessibility, SortSite checks web pages against WCAG standards, offering a broad view of how accessible a site is to people with disabilities. The tool provides detailed reports that categorize issues by severity and include clear explanations, making it easier for developers and site owners to understand and address accessibility barriers. 

Pros:  

  • Comprehensive testing beyond just accessibility, offering a full-site evaluation
  • Offers user-friendly reports that prioritize issues for efficient remediation.

Cons:

  • Can be more expensive than tools focusing solely on accessibility
  • May offer more information than necessary for users only interested in accessibility

Price: SortSite offers a free trial for single-page scans. Full website scans require purchasing a license, with pricing starting at $149 for a one-month license.

Comprehensive accessibility solutions

9. accessWidget

Screenshot of accessWidget's homepage.

An AI-powered, comprehensive web accessibility solution, accessWidget enacts two applications that work in tandem to remediate a website. The first is an accessibility interface that allows people with disabilities to adjust UI and design elements to fit their specific needs. These include adjusting font sizes, changing color contrasts, halting animations, and enabling text-only modes. The second is an AI-powered process that handles more complex web accessibility tasks, such as optimization for screen readers and keyboard navigation. 

Pricing for accessWidget: 

There are a number of plans website owners and organizations can choose from:

  • Standard: $490 per year. Best for websites with under 1000 web pages
  • Advanced: $1490 per year. Best for websites under 10,000 pages, or for premium extra add-ons
  • Advanced Plus: $3490 per year. Best for websites under 100,000 pages, or for premium extra add-ons
  • Enterprise: Unlimited plan that includes all premium and enterprise extra add-ons

Screen readers

10. JAWS (Job Access With Speech)

JAWS is a popular screen reader developed for people with disabilities, primarily individuals with vision impairment. JAWS translates digital text into speech or Braille, facilitating access to a wide range of software applications and web content. JAWS supports most Microsoft Office applications, web browsers, and PDF readers, making it a versatile tool for personal and professional use.

Pros:

  • Offers customizable speech settings to cater to individual user needs
  • Provides robust scripting capabilities to extend functionality

Cons:

  • Limited to Windows operating systems, excluding Mac and Linux users
  • Higher price point compared to other screen readers
  • Complex learning curve for new users

Price: JAWS starts at $95 a year.


11. NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access)

NVDA is a free, open-source screen reader that provides feedback via synthetic speech and Braille, enabling people with vision impairments to access and interact with the Windows operating system and many third-party applications. NVDA is developed by NV Access, and is driven by a strong community support model.

Pros:

  • Completely free and open-source, making it accessible to everyone
  • Regular updates and a strong community for support
  • Compatible with a wide range of applications, including web browsers and Office programs

Cons:

  • May not offer as comprehensive support for professional applications as some paid alternatives
  • User interface may be less intuitive for those transitioning from other screen readers
  • Lacks some advanced features found in paid screen readers

Price: Free.

Color contrast analyzers


12. Color Contrast Analyzer

The Color Contrast Analyzer is a tool designed to help web developers and designers evaluate the color contrast of text, graphical objects, and UI elements against the background, to ensure they meet WCAG criteria. It is typically available as a browser extension or standalone application, providing a simple way to test and validate the visual aspects of a web design.

Pros:

  • Easy to use, facilitating quick checks of color contrast ratios
  • Supports a wide range of formats, including web pages, images, and software interfaces

Cons:

  • Manual checking can be time-consuming for large sites or complex designs
  • May not account for all contextual factors influencing readability, like font size or weight
  • Primarily focuses on color contrast, requiring additional tools for comprehensive accessibility evaluation

Price: Free.


13. WebAIM Color Contrast Checker

Screenshot of WebAIM color contrast checker's homepage.

WebAIM Color Contrast Checker is an online tool that evaluates the color contrast of text against its background to ensure that it conforms to WCAG criteria. This straightforward tool allows users to input foreground and background colors, providing instant feedback on contrast ratios and compliance levels. It is particularly useful for designers and developers looking to ensure their web content is accessible to individuals with color vision impairments.

Pros:

  • Provides immediate feedback on color contrast ratios
  • Simple and user-friendly interface makes it accessible to all skill levels

Cons:

  • Limited to evaluating text color contrast against background color
  • Does not automatically scan entire websites or design files; requires manual input of color values

Price: Free.


14. Tanaguru Contrast-Finder

Screenshot of Tanaguru Contrast-Finder's homepage.

Tanaguru Contrast-Finder is a tool specifically designed to find and suggest color combinations that conform to WCAG. Unlike tools that only evaluate existing color schemes, Tanaguru Contrast-Finder offers alternative color suggestions when the current palette does not meet accessibility standards. This feature is particularly useful for designers and developers looking to improve the accessibility of their websites without drastically altering their overall design.

Pros:

  • Automatically suggests alternative colors that conform to WCAG
  • User-friendly interface, making it easy for designers and developers to use
  • Can analyze and provide solutions for both text and graphical elements

Cons:

  • Focus is primarily on color contrast, not a full spectrum of accessibility issues
  • Requires manual entry of initial colors, which might be time-consuming for extensive projects
  • The automated nature of color suggestions may not always align with original design aesthetics

Price: Free.


15. Adobe Color Contrast Analyzer

Screenshot of Adobe Color Contrast Analyzer

The Adobe Color Contrast Analyzer is a tool designed for checking and optimizing text and background color combinations to ensure they meet WCAG standards. It allows users to adjust and experiment with color schemes in real time to find compliant, visually appealing alternatives.

Pros:

  • Integrated with Adobe's design tools, enhancing workflow for Adobe users

Cons

  • Focused primarily on color contrast, missing broader accessibility evaluations

Price: Free for those who have an Adobe account. 

Color simulators

 
16. Color Oracle

Color Oracle is a free color blindness simulator for Windows, Mac, and Linux that allows designers and developers to view their designs as they would appear to individuals with different types of color vision deficiencies. By simulating common forms of color blindness, this tool helps in identifying problematic areas of a design that may be difficult to perceive for users with color vision impairments. It is an invaluable resource for creating more inclusive and accessible digital content.

Pros:

  • Easy to install and use across multiple operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux

Cons:

  • Does not provide specific solutions or alternatives, only simulations
  • Requires manual review of the entire interface or design to identify issues
  • Focuses exclusively on color vision deficiencies and does not address other accessibility issues

Price: Color Oracle is available as a free download.


17 . aDesigner

aDesigner simulates what people with vision impairments experience when engaging with your website and web-based applications. This can help you understand whether your website properly accommodates this group of users, and will enable you to flag potential issues that will hinder their ability to properly interact with it. 

Pros:

  • Helps designers understand the user experience of individuals with certain vision impairments

Cons:

  • Can sometimes miss certain aspects of your landing page

Price: aDesigner is a free downloadable platform.


18. Coblis — Color Blindness Simulator

Screenshot of Colbis' homepage.

Coblis is a tool designed to simulate different types of color vision deficiencies, helping designers and developers understand how their visuals are perceived by people with color blindness. By uploading an image, users can quickly see how it would appear under various color vision conditions, aiding in the creation of more accessible designs.

Pros:

  • Simulates a wide range of color vision deficiencies for comprehensive testing
  • User-friendly interface allows for easy uploading and analysis of images

Cons:

  • Limited to analyzing static images
  • Simulations may not perfectly replicate individual color vision impairments
  • Does not offer direct solutions or alternative color schemes

Price: Free.

Mobile accessibility tools

19. VoiceOver

VoiceOver is a built-in screen reader for Apple iOS devices. It helps users with vision impairments by reading aloud what's on the screen and facilitating gesture-based navigation. This tool describes screen elements and user actions, making iOS devices more accessible.

Pros:

  • Integrated directly into iOS for seamless use
  • Customizable settings to fit user preferences
  • Supports numerous languages and voices

Cons:

  • Has a steep learning curve for new users
  • Limited to iOS 
  • Can conflict with non-accessible app gestures

Price: Included for free on iOS devices.


20. TalkBack

TalkBack is Google's screen reader for Android devices, designed to assist users with vision impairments (along with those with other forms of impairment). It provides spoken feedback and vibration cues to help navigate and interact with what's on the screen, supporting a wide range of apps and device functions.

Pros:

  • Deep integration with Android devices
  • Wide range of supported apps and features
  • Customizable settings for user preferences

Cons:

  • Can be complex for new users
  • May not work seamlessly with all third-party apps
  • Limited to Android devices

Price: TalkBack is included for free on Android devices.


21. Axe for Android and iOS

Axe for Android and iOS is an accessibility testing tool integrated into mobile development environments. It helps developers identify and fix accessibility issues in Android and iOS apps.

Pros:

  • Tailored specifically for mobile app accessibility
  • Integrates with existing development tools
  • Offers detailed issue descriptions and remediation guidance

Cons:

  • May require familiarity with accessibility concepts
  • Limited to mobile app environments
  • Requires integration into the development process

Price: Check the official Axe website for the latest pricing information.


22. Accessibility Scanner

Accessibility Scanner is a tool designed for Android devices to help developers and designers evaluate their applications for accessibility. The tool scans your app and provides feedback on areas that could be improved to enhance accessibility, such as text size, color contrast, and touch target sizes.

Pros:

  • Easy to use with automatic scanning and feedback
  • Helps identify a variety of accessibility issues quickly

Cons:

  • Only available for Android, limiting its use for iOS or web applications
  • May not identify all potential accessibility issues
  • Recommendations can sometimes be too general or not applicable to all scenarios

Price: Accessibility Scanner is available for free on the Google Play Store.

Accessibilty browser extensions

23. WAVE

Screenshot of WAVE activated on web page.

WAVE can be used to test your website’s level of accessibility without leaving your browser. The tool examines your web page’s level of conformance to WCAG 2.1 and flags accessibility issues that appear on-page. WAVE is available as an extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge browsers.

Pros:

  • Directly integrates with browsers for easy use

Cons:

  • Only analyzes visible content, missing some backend issues
  • Free version is limited to single-page tests

Price: WAVE offers a basic free plan. Paid plans are available to those who would like to test more than one page at a time.


24. Web Accessibility Extension

Screenshot of Web Accessibility Extension's interface.

The Web Accessibility Extension is an automated web accessibility testing and reporting tool. You can use this extension to scan web pages and determine their level of conformance to WCAG 2.1 Level AA. 

Pros: 

  • Helpful for identifying both minor and major accessibility issues

Cons:

  • May have a learning curve for new users to interpret reports effectively

Price: You can use the extension for free for 30 days, after which you will need to purchase a paid subscription plan. These start at $79 per month.


25. aXe Coconut

aXe Coconut is an experimental browser extension aimed at improving keyboard accessibility by detecting and suggesting fixes for common keyboard navigation issues. It serves as a cutting-edge testing tool for developers, offering early access to the latest accessibility rules before they are released in the standard Axe Core library.

Pros:

  • Early access to the newest accessibility testing rules
  • Specifically focuses on enhancing keyboard navigation accessibility

Cons:

  • As an experimental extension, it might have more bugs than the more stable Axe Core library
  • May require technical knowledge to interpret and implement suggested fixes
  • Limited in scope to keyboard accessibility; does not cover all accessibility aspects


26. NoCoffee Vision Simulator

Screenshot of NoCoffe's homepage.

NoCoffee Vision Simulator is a browser extension designed for Chrome. It simulates various vision impairments, allowing developers and designers to understand how their websites are viewed by people with varying vision abilities.

Pros:

  • Offers simulations of a wide range of vision impairments
  • Easy to use, with immediate results directly in the browser
  • Helpful for designing more accessible websites

Cons:

  • Limited to vision impairments, not covering other accessibility issues
  • Only available for Chrome browser
  • May not perfectly replicate all vision conditions

Price: Free.


27. tota11y

Screenshot of tota11y's homepage.

tota11y is an accessibility visualization toolkit provided by Khan Academy. This browser extension helps visualize how a site performs with respect to accessibility standards directly in the browser.

Pros:

  • Easy to use with a simple interface
  • Highlights a variety of accessibility issues

Cons:

  • Mainly for educational purposes, may not cover all edge cases
  • Requires manual activation for each page
  • Focused on visual representation, might need supplemental tools for complete analysis

Price: Free


28. Landmarks

Screenshot of Landmarks' homepage.

Landmarks is a browser extension that helps users and developers identify and navigate through the various landmark roles (like main, navigation, and aside) in a webpage, improving the browsing experience for people using assistive technologies.

Pros:

  • Easy to use and install
  • Supports multiple browsers

Cons:

  • Primarily beneficial for developers and users familiar with landmark roles
  • May not be as useful for websites with poor semantic structure
  • Limited to identifying landmark roles, not a comprehensive accessibility tool

Price: Free to download and use.


29. HeadingsMap

HeadingsMap is a browser extension that generates an outline of a web page using its headings. This tool is especially useful for ensuring that web content is structured logically, which is crucial for users navigating via screen readers.

Pros:

  • Visualizes the structure of a page for better understanding and debugging
  • Available for multiple browsers

Cons:

  • Requires understanding of HTML structure
  • Focus is only on headings, not on other accessibility elements

Price: Free to download and use.

Captioning and multimedia tools

30. Amara

Screenshot of Amara's homepage.

Amara is a tool designed to make video content more accessible through captioning and subtitling. It allows users to create, share, and collaborate on subtitles for videos, enhancing accessibility for those who are deaf and hard of hearing, as well as for viewers who speak different languages.

Pros:

  • Community-driven, promoting collaboration and sharing
  • Supports multiple languages
  • Integrates with major video platforms

Cons:

  • May require time to learn and navigate
  • Limited features in the free version

Price

Amara is free for a single user. If you need to collaborate with a team, plans start at $24 per month for two users plus an additional $12 for each additional user.


31. MAGpie

MAGpie is a tool designed for creating captions and audio descriptions for multimedia content, supporting the production of accessible media.

Pros:

  • Supports various caption formats
  • Integrates audio descriptions for those with vision impairments

Cons:

  • Interface is somewhat outdated
  • Learning curve for new users
  • Primarily Windows-based; and can prove incompatible with other operating systems

Price: Free.


32. AutoCap

AutoCap offers automatic caption generation for videos, using speech recognition technology to create subtitles. It is particularly useful for content creators looking to make their videos more accessible to people with hearing impairments.  

Pros:

  • Supports multiple languages
  • Easy to use and integrate with video platforms

Cons:

  • Accuracy may vary depending on audio quality
  • Limited customization options for captions
  • May require manual review and correction

Price: Varies based on usage; typically offers both free and premium plans.


It is worth noting that, to generate complete and accurate captions that conform to WCAG 2.1 Level AA, it is best to turn to web accessibility experts, such as accessServices.

Code-based tools

33. accessFlow

Screenshot of accessFlow's landing page.

accessFlow allows businesses to build their websites in an accessible and inclusive way using AI to produce copy-and-paste code for developers to implement. accessFlow integrates seamlessly into CI-CD pipelines, ensuring developers always ship accessible code from the basics to user action funnels.

Price: Press here to explore pricing packages.


34. Code libraries 

Code libraries are essential for developing accessible web content. They provide developers with pre-written code snippets and frameworks to ensure that websites meet accessibility standards.

Some of the most prominent code libraries include, but are not limited to:

  1. ARIA: Defines ways to make web content and applications more accessible to people with disabilities
  2. ally.js: A JavaScript library to help navigate and interact with elements in accessible ways
  3. React-A11y: Enhances React applications, ensuring they adhere to accessibility guidelines
  4. Axe-core: A library for automated testing of accessibility issues
  5. Eslint-plugin-jsx-a11y: An ESLint plugin enforcing accessibility rules on JSX elements

Document and PDF accessibility tools


34. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC is a comprehensive tool for creating, editing, and managing PDFs, featuring built-in support for document accessibility. This allows for the creation and editing of accessible PDF documents, ensuring they meet compliance standards.

Pros:

  • Integration with Adobe Creative Cloud

Cons:

  • High cost compared to alternatives
  • Complexity can overwhelm beginners

Price: Subscription packages to Adobe Acrobat Pro start at $19.9 a month. 


35. CommonLook PDF

CommonLook PDF is a professional tool designed for ensuring PDF accessibility, offering advanced features for creating, testing, and remediating PDF documents for compliance with accessibility standards.

Pros:

  • Detailed compliance reports
  • Integrates with Adobe Acrobat

Cons:

  • May be complex for beginners

Price: Click here to see package bundles.


36. PAC

Screenshot of PAC's homepage.

PAC is a free tool used for evaluating the accessibility of PDF documents, particularly helpful in verifying compliance with PDF/UA and WCAG standards.

Pros:

  • Free and easy to use
  • Detailed reporting on accessibility issues
  • Supports international accessibility standards

Cons:

  • Limited to Windows OS
  • Interface may be less intuitive for new users


37. PAVE

PAVE is a web-based tool designed to improve the accessibility of PDF documents. It allows users to upload and automatically correct common accessibility issues in PDFs, facilitating conformance with accessibility standards.

Pros:

  • User-friendly interface 
  • Offers automated corrections for faster results

Cons:

  • Limited to the capabilities of automatic correction

Price: Free.

WordPress accessibility plugins

38. accessWidget for WordPress

accessiBe’s flagship tool seamlessly integrates with WordPress to ensure your website is fully-accessible. Website visitors are presented with a user interface through which they can adjust UI and design elements (such as color contrasts and fonts) to better fit their abilities. 

accessWidget can be integrated when using WordPress website builders, like Elementor and Divi, and in WooCommerce websites

Price: Click here to learn more about accessWidget’s pricing tiers.


39. WP Dark Mode

WP Dark Mode is a WordPress plugin allowing websites to implement a dark mode feature, enhancing accessibility for users with light sensitivity or vision impairments.

Pros:

  • User-friendly interface
  • Automatic and manual dark mode toggling

Cons:

  • May not fit all website designs
  • Limited customization in free version
  • May require additional styling for complete integration

Price: Free version available; premium plans offer additional features. For more details, check the plugin's page on the WordPress repository.


40. Contact Form 7: Accessible Defaults

Contact Form 7: Accessible Defaults modifies Contact Form 7 (used in millions of WordPress sites) to enhance accessibility, addressing common issues forms present, like unclear fields and navigation difficulties. This adjustment makes forms more usable for people with disabilities.

Pros:

  • Easy to implement, requiring minimal setup
  • Maintains the simplicity and extensibility of Contact Form 7

Cons:

  • Limited to enhancing only Contact Form 7
  • May require additional customizations for specific needs

Price: Free.


41. Better Aria Label Support

This WordPress plugin is designed to enhance the accessibility of your WordPress website by improving ARIA label implementation, enhancing navigation for screen reader users.

Pros:

  • Easy to implement and integrate with existing themes

Cons:

  • Requires basic understanding of ARIA roles and attributes
  • Limited to improvements within the scope of ARIA labels
  • Not as accurate and thorough as tools like accessWidget

Price: Free.

Shopify accessibility apps

42. accessWidget for Shopify

Screenshot of accessWidget's landing page on Shopify's app store.

eCommerce websites are typically more complex than ordinary sites, and require special attention to ensure accessibility. accessWidget is a powerful accessibility app that seamlessly integreates with your Shopify store, tweaking its code so that it can be accessed by all customers, including those who rely on screen readers and their keyboards. Additionally, accessWidget will present visitors with an interface through which they can modify design elements to fit their unique needs.

Price: Click here to see accessWidget’s pricing packages.


43. Variant Alt Text SEO

Screenshot of Variant Alt Text King: SEO's landing page on Shopify's app store.

Variant Alt Text SEO is a Shopify app designed to enhance accessibility and SEO by automatically optimizing alt texts for product variant images. The app ensures images are more accessible and improves search engine visibility by embedding product details directly into image alt attributes.

Pros:

  • Simplifies adding variant details to image alt texts for improved SEO
  • Works with Variant Image Automator for enhanced functionality

Cons:

  • Doesn’t always accurately convey meaningful images

Price: Free.


44. Speechify Voice & Search

Screenshot of Speechify Voice & Search's landing page on Shopify's app store.

Speechify Voice & Search adds voice capabilities to Shopify stores, allowing text-to-speech for page content and custom announcements. This enhances accessibility and user engagement.

Pros:

  • Enhances store accessibility
  • Adds a personal touch with custom voice messages

Cons:

  • Limited to English

Price: $7.99/month after a 7-day free trial.

Wix accessibility apps

45. accessWidget for Wix

accessWidget is the most complete web accessibility available for Wix websites. Once installed on your site, accessWidget will run an automated audit of its code and tweak accessibility issues. This will ensure that your site can be navigated entirely via a keyboard, and that it is compatible with screen readers. 

Additionally, your website visitors will be presented with a user interface through which they can adjust design elements, such as text sizes, font families, and color contrasts. That way, every visitor’s browsing experience is optimized to their unique abilities. 

Price: accessWidget starts at $49 a month.


46. UpAccessibility

UpAccessibility is a tool designed for enhancing the accessibility of Wix websites. It scans and adjusts web elements to improve adherence to WCAG standards, making sites more accessible to people with disabilities.

Pros:

  • Automated adjustments simplify the process of making a site accessible
  • Tailored specifically for integration with Wix websites

Cons:

  • Coverage of all accessibility requirements may be incomplete, necessitating additional manual interventions
  • Options for customization could be more limited than in other comprehensive tools

Price: UpAccessibility is available in a free basic plan, with premium plans starting at $49 per month for advanced features and higher levels of support.

Webflow accessibility apps

47. accessWidget for Webflow

accessWidget is a comprehensive web accessibility solution for Webflow websites. After integration with your site, accessWidget conducts an automated review of the site's code and addresses accessibility concerns. This process makes sure that your site is fully navigable using a keyboard and compatible with various screen readers.

Moreover, it provides a user interface for your website visitors, allowing them to modify design features like text sizes, font types, and color contrasts. This customization ensures that each visitor's browsing experience is tailored to their specific needs.

Price: accessWidget starts at $49 a month.


48. All in One Accessibility 

All in One Accessibility is designed to make websites more accessible to a diverse range of users, including those with disabilities. It integrates various accessibility features into Webflow websites, such as text resizing, contrast adjustment, and keyboard navigation enhancements, aiming to ensure compliance with WCAG guidelines.

Pros:

  • Provides a range of accessibility features through a single app

Cons:

  • Features might not cover all specific accessibility needs, requiring additional adjustments
  • Some users may find the customization options limited

Price: Pricing details can be found on the Webflow app marketplace; specifics may vary based on the plan chosen.

Closing thoughts

With an abundance of powerful tools available today, ensuring a website is fully accessible to members of the disability community is now within reach for all website and business owners. Along with tools that tackle specific, standalone elements of web accessibility, like color contrast checkers, color blindness simulators, and automated web accessibility testers, you can also rely on more comprehensive solutions, like accessiBe. The latter will help remediate accessibility issues existing within your website, ensuring your website can be fully-accessed and enjoyed by all.