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Are Top School District Websites Inaccessible?

February 19, 2018 1:59:06 PM EST

 The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) launched its own research, analyzing the websites of school districts with over 150,000 students using its automated website scanning platform. The results are disappointing.

Why Web Accessibility is So Important During Tax Season

February 13, 2018 10:53:49 AM EST

Making the process of filing taxes more accessible needs to be a multifaceted initiative. The IRS, state governments, and third-party financial companies must all work in unison to improve their web accessibility efforts if they wish to better serve the one in five Americans with a disability.

Industry Highlight: Bank of America’s Comprehensive Accessibility Policy

February 8, 2018 8:25:55 AM EST

Bank of America, took initiative in the area of accessibility years ago with accessibility for ATMs and a web accessibility agreement that dates back to 2000. Let’s further explore their website accessibility policies as an example of what successful policies look like.

How the NFL is Committed to Web Accessibility

February 2, 2018 12:33:21 PM EST

With Super Bowl LII coming up this Sunday, February 4, now is the perfect time to look at one of the National Football League’s biggest victories: its commitment to providing a truly accessible experience on its website, NFL.com.

How Poor Web Accessibility Affects Banking Customers

January 31, 2018 1:10:58 PM EST

In order to open their doors to more customers and avoid expensive legal action under the Americans with Disabilities Act, banks need to make web accessibility one of their foremost priorities.

How Does a Government Shutdown Affect Web Accessibility?

January 29, 2018 4:17:25 PM EST

During a government shutdown, all non-essential activity terminates, and employees not involved in essential activities are placed on furlough. In the vast majority of cases, this includes civil litigation in the federal courts, including ADA lawsuits.

Braille Literacy Month: Ensure Accessibility for Visually Impaired Users

January 23, 2018 1:50:27 PM EST

Braille isn’t just used for standard reading and writing — it also allows the visually impaired to surf the web and use a smartphone through assistive technology.

Improving Video Accessibility for State and Local Government Websites

January 18, 2018 11:00:00 AM EST

Increasingly, state and local government websites are leveraging video for a variety of purposes: promoting tourism, issuing storm warnings, updating viewers on new urban development projects, informing citizens how to vote, releasing messages from the mayor’s office, and other important happenings. Being truly inclusive when building your website means that your videos must be accessible to everyone — including people with disabilities.

Web Accessibility and Local Governments: What You Need to Know

January 10, 2018 10:30:00 AM EST

By connecting citizens with their government and providing access to information, the web is one of the most powerful tools of democracy. Unfortunately, far too many local government websites still have one big barrier for many of their users: accessibility.

Start the New Year off with National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM EST

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Web accessibility makes the internet easier to use for people dealing with glaucoma and other visual conditions. 

WCAG 2.1: What You Need to Know

January 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM EST

Enter WCAG 2.1: the latest draft version of WCAG, which is currently under revision. Rather than replacing or modifying WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1 is intended to enhance it, filling in some of the gaps left by the previous guidelines. 

BoIA Devotes $100k to Help School Districts with Accessibility

December 21, 2017 10:25:18 AM EST

To help schools navigate web accessibility regulations and to improve the overall accessibility of educational markets for impaired individuals, the Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) is providing in-kind donations of $100,000 in detailed electronic scans of their website and consultation to interpret results and help formulate a remediation strategy for qualified educational institutions.

Support Human Rights Awareness with Website Accessibility

December 13, 2017 7:40:10 AM EST

Human Rights Day, a global celebration of the universal human rights that today’s world has committed to protecting for every living person on the planet, was celbrated this week. The web is becoming an integral part of Americans’ daily lives, and this is why access to the internet should be considered a basic human right for all Americans. Part of the conversation around Human Rights Day, is to ask yourself if your company or organization is supporting the human rights of your fellow citizens in one of the easiest and most important ways: making your website accessible.

School Districts and Web Accessibility: Where to Start

December 6, 2017 8:50:36 AM EST

Without experience implementing web accessibility, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Even if you think that you’ve taken steps to become more accessible, you might have overlooked some of the difficulties that people with vision, hearing, motor, or learning disabilities might encounter when navigating and using your website. The good news is that you can take steps today to make your website more accessible to users and protect yourself from lengthy and complicated litigation.

How Website Accessibility Increases Your Cyber Monday Sales

November 27, 2017 11:28:24 AM EST

Web accessibility is becoming both a practical and legal necessity for retailers. Cyber Monday is the perfect opportunity for your company to embrace accessibility for the good of your customers — and your sales. 

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

November 21, 2017 10:07:52 AM EST

National Epilepsy Awareness Month should serve as a reminder to all businesses with an online presence that there are simple steps they can take to make sure their websites offer an accessible experience for the 3.4 million people in the U.S. (and 64 million people worldwide) with epilepsy. With web accessibility lawsuits on the rise, it is time to ensure your website is engaging and safe for users living with epilepsy.

How To Plan Your School’s Website for Accessibility & Avoid Fines

November 16, 2017 11:19:33 AM EST

“Website accessibility” enables people with disabilities to view, understand, navigate, and interact with your website. For school websites, this could be anyone from students and parents to teachers, staff, and community members. By committing to accessibility as a priority for your school’s community, you give everyone the same access and opportunity, thereby expanding the educational experience to a greater number of people.

How to Ensure Your Website is ADA-Compliant: The Top Guidelines to Follow

November 8, 2017 1:08:07 PM EST

Until the ADA is updated to address the special case of website accessibility, or the Department of Justice releases its website accessibility regulations, complying with WCAG 2.0 Level AA is the best way to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to your website. The overview below will tell you everything you need to know about meeting the WCAG 2.0 Level AA recommendations.

What the Dave & Buster’s Lawsuit Means for Website Accessibility

November 7, 2017 11:48:50 AM EST

The plaintiff in the case of Gorecki v. Dave & Buster’s, Inc., Sean Gorecki, is permanently blind and uses screen reader software to access the internet. The defendant’s lawyers argued that the Dave & Buster’s website had already included text to accommodate people using screen readers, redirecting them to an accessible telephone hotline. However, in an October 2017 ruling, the court found that the defendant had not conclusively proven that the hotline text itself was readable by screen readers. 

The Most Common Web Accessibility Issues to Avoid

November 3, 2017 9:31:56 AM EDT

Good news: Coding an ADA-compliant website is achievable with minimal expense and minimal impact on usability or design — if some basic guidelines and strategies are followed. The following list details the best ways to avoid the seven most common web accessibility issues.

What is NDEAM?

October 27, 2017 7:55:16 AM EDT

Observing and celebrating the NDEAM movement is a great way to promote awareness about the challenges and unique benefits of being a disabled employee, and to further foster a sense of community, compassion, and inclusion in your workplace.

How To Prevent a Web Accessibility Lawsuit

October 25, 2017 9:36:05 AM EDT

Not only does increased web accessibility help you maximize the number of people visiting your site, but it also is increasingly legally enforced, which leads to lawsuits and other legal implications for companies that don’t take the necessary steps to meet current accessibility requirements.

Web Accessibility – What You Need to Know

October 18, 2017 1:00:32 PM EDT

Web accessibility is not a trend; it's the law. If your website is not accessible to people with disabilities, or does not comply with disability standards, your business may be at risk for a lawsuit.

Lawsuits Are On The Rise… Is Your Website At Risk?

October 11, 2017 10:08:06 AM EDT

It’s rapidly becoming more common for US-based businesses to receive a letter of demand from the DOJ because of an inaccessible website. Web accessibility is a civil and human right, and helps prevent discrimination against impaired individuals.

Making Your YouTube Channel Accessible to All Users

October 5, 2017 2:27:36 PM EDT

Making your YouTube channel accessible takes time, knowledge, and skill. Even so, it can be surprisingly easy to contribute to accessibility with little changes that will benefit both you and your viewers. Take those small steps to increase your following and do your civic duty one post at a time.

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