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Accessibility.Blog

Why Websites Need an Accessibility Statement

May 22, 2017 12:02:00 PM EDT

Organizations publish an accessibility statement on their websites to describe their policy, goals, and accomplishments related to web accessibility. The statement also includes instructions on how to use specific accessibility technology that is available on the website and how to contact the organization if a disabled visitor runs into problems.

Best Fonts To Use for Website Accessibility

May 20, 2017 5:18:00 AM EDT

Designers who are looking to maximize the legibility of their websites should investigate fonts that have been created with readers with dyslexia or visual impairments in mind, such as Read Regular, Lexie Readable, and Tiresias.

5 Tips to Improve Website Experience for People with Cognitive Disabilities

May 19, 2017 9:35:00 AM EDT

The Administration for Community Living estimates that around 8 million Americans, or 3 percent of the population, experience intellectual disabilities. That suggests that nearly 30 million people in the U.S. - 10 percent of families - are directly impacted by the struggles of people with intellectual disabilities.

Using CSS Floats with Image Links

May 19, 2017 2:37:00 AM EDT

The float property specifies if and how an element should be positioned within its parent element. The other content inside the parent element will wrap around the floating element. The most common use of floats is to wrap text around an associated image.

Using Keyboard Emulators to Access the Web

May 18, 2017 8:21:00 AM EDT

A keyboard emulator, also known as a virtual keyboard, is a software component that allows users to enter characters onto a computer display through other devices, such as touch screens or mice.

What You Need to Know About Visual Focus and Accessibility

May 16, 2017 2:36:00 PM EDT

Visual focus is all about navigation. Users who rely heavily, or even solely, on a keyboard need clear on-screen indications of what objects or links are selected so that they can properly navigate your site and access what they need.

How Contrast Ratio Pertains to Website Accessibility

May 5, 2017 4:37:48 PM EDT

Websites with poor contrast make can be difficult or impossible for all users to view. Learn about contrast ratios and how they pertain to accessibility.

What is a11y?

May 4, 2017 11:30:03 AM EDT

a11y is quickly becoming the standard term for digital accessibility. Global compliance and compatibility is a goal of many technologists who see a11y as a movement and not just the audit process for ensuring that users with disabilities can navigate a website.

5 Must-Fix Accessibility Issues with Your PDFs

May 2, 2017 5:50:08 PM EDT

In making your web content more accessible, don't forget about PDFs. Here are 5 design considerations you should keep in mind for creating more accessible PDFs.

Website Accessibility Isn't What You Think It Is: 10 Myths, Busted

April 13, 2017 4:07:43 PM EDT

Making your website accessible to users with disabilities likely doesn't mean what you think it does. Here are the top 10 myths regarding website accessibility.

IRS Will Pay $5,000 for Website Accessibility

March 28, 2017 11:26:38 AM EDT

Through the IRS Code Section 44, Disabled Access Credit, small businesses can qualify for a $5,000 tax credit for increasing website accessibility

Testing Your Website Accessibility with Assistive Technology: Screen Readers

March 28, 2017 8:57:00 AM EDT

Blind and other visually-impaired users who visit your website or use your app will often use a program called a screen reader that will dictate your site's content to them through a synthesized voice. Although the software is called a "screen reader," these programs frequently do more than just make text audible. They also enable users to navigate the webpage by heading, frame, and other methods.

5 Tips to Improve Mobile Accessibility

March 19, 2017 3:38:00 PM EDT

By making your apps available and valuable to a wider audience, you are creating a better experience for all users while simultaneaously benefiting from increased exposure.

How Do Screen Readers Help People with visual impairments?

March 9, 2017 10:01:00 AM EST

Screen readers are software programs that convert text into synthesized speech for people who may have no or low-vision, have trouble reading or have difficulties seeing a Web page, such as those who may be color blind.

Responsive Design and Accessibility

January 27, 2017 11:37:10 AM EST

Responsive design principles aim to help provide the best possible viewing experience for a page or piece of content across a large array of devices, while accessibility helps to make content easier for people with certain disabilities to use and navigate

ADA Title II & Title III Requirements for Websites

December 5, 2016 12:00:00 AM EST

Titles II and III of the ADA prohibit discriminatory lack of access for individuals with disabilities to goods and services of public services and public accommodations, respectively.

Unemployment Rate Higher People with Disabilities

June 2, 2016 12:00:00 AM EDT

According to the findings, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is currently 10.8, down from 11.7 just 12 months earlier.

BoIA Encourages all to Participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 13, 2016 12:00:00 AM EDT

The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) encourages everyone to participate in Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) on May 19, 2016 to help bring awareness of the impact digital accessibility plays in everyday life.

NYC Takes Action against Inequality of the Disabled

April 22, 2016 4:52:00 PM EDT

The City has 6 months in which to establish a protocol for municipal websites. It will likely be that most will follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA) as these are swiftly becoming the universal guidelines that are being recommended, and the ones that the earlier Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, a federal government mandate, will adopt as its new standard as well.

Facebook’s AI Looks Beyond Facial Recognition

April 4, 2016 12:00:00 AM EDT

Describing an image using text is a critical way for a visually impaired person to understand the meaning behind a picture. Current Website Accessibility Guidelines require an image that portrays something essential to the user, be tagged with alternative text (Alt text), a description explaining the nature or contents of the image, such as “Bird catching a worm in the morning” or “Activate User Account”.

The Business Case for Pursuing Accessible Digital Media

March 9, 2016 10:32:00 AM EST

Companies and organizations prosper when they ensure their websites are accessible to all populations, including those living with disabilities, using assistive technology like screen readers, as well the older generation to name a few.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month: Reflection on Some Milestones and a Look to the Future

March 4, 2016 4:47:00 PM EST

26 years ago, in 1990, workplace discrimination was at the forefront and was no longer going to be tolerated with the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

How Accessible have the Airline Carriers been in making their Websites Accessible?

February 29, 2016 4:57:00 PM EST

December 12, 2015 marked the date that the US Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation went into effect, requiring all aviation websites be accessible to everyone to “ensure that passengers with disabilities have equal access to the same air travel-related information and services that are available to passengers without disabilities through airline websites and airport kiosks”.

ROCKY DE LA FUENTE IS BEATING DONALD TRUMP?

February 10, 2016 12:09:00 PM EST

Lesser known Democratic Presidential Candidate Rocky de la Fuente out in front of the pack… in Website Accessibility

CHARLOTTE VERSUS DENVER IN SUPERBOWL 50 – BOTH LOSE; Both Cities Score Poorly for Website Accessibility

February 2, 2016 2:02:00 PM EST

BoIA scanned the city sites for both Charlotte and Denver using their A11Y® website accessibility testing platform. In the report that is produced in this process, grades are assigned to each site in 5 areas, the 4 WCAG 2.0 Principles outlined by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)