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Functional Neurological Disorder and Web Accessibility

April 19, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

As people around the world share their stories on Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day 2018, the Bureau of Internet Accessibility is proud to raise awareness about how website owners can improve accessibility for people with FND and other neurological disorders.

Web Accessibility for Supermarkets

April 17, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

Despite massive growth in e-commerce, there’s at least one brick-and-mortar industry that’s standing strong: grocery retailers. Even though people are still buying groceries in person, customers use supermarket websites for a variety of purposes. Web accessibility is an important part of the marketing strategy of any supermarket.

International Children's Book Day and Web Accessibility

April 12, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

Nearly every author wants their work to be read by an audience that’s as large as possible — but when it comes to accessibility, this goal goes unmet all too often. 

World Parkinsons Day and Web Accessibility

April 11, 2018 12:10:13 PM EDT

People with Parkinson’s disease experience challenges using the Internet that aren’t always obvious to people without a motor or cognitive disability. For example, the hand tremors caused by Parkinson’s can make it hard for people to use a standard mouse or even a keyboard. 

Why Web Accessibility is Crucial for Digital Marketers

April 10, 2018 12:02:03 PM EDT

Although digital marketers are constantly searching for new ways to reach out to their audience and broaden their company’s appeal, web accessibility remains overlooked and underutilized.

What e-Commerce Sites Need to Know About Web Accessibility

April 5, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

Web accessibility is a crucial factor for both internet users with disabilities and the e-commerce websites that they frequent. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the basics of web accessibility as it pertains to e-commerce retailers.

Accessibility Analysis of Luxury Watch Brand Websites - 2Q2018

April 4, 2018 9:24:00 AM EDT

The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) identified the top 25 highest-trafficked luxury watch brand websites and scanned each, creating a benchmark as to the overall web accessibility of the industry. The assessment was based on the results of automated scans performed by BoIA’s A11Y® Platform, a proprietary program built specifically to identify issues based on the international standards for testing website accessibility, called Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 A/AA.

How Web Accessibility Affects People with Autism

April 2, 2018 1:24:00 PM EDT

Monday, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day 2018. For the 11th straight year, people across the globe will be shining a light on the hurdles faced by people with autism and their loved ones on a daily basis, web accessibility included.

Web Developers Could Be Targets of New Website Accessibility Lawsuits

March 29, 2018 9:38:00 AM EDT

The past several years have seen a sharp uptick in lawsuits against websites for failing to meet the requirements of the ADA. Past lawsuits have targeted only the organizations that are the subject of the website. In a marked change of pace, however, one recent ADA lawsuit names both the business and the developers responsible for creating the website as defendants in the case.

4 Accessibility Tips for Web Developers

March 27, 2018 9:39:00 AM EDT

Although accessibility brings with it a wide range of advantages, many web developers still aren’t sure about the best ways to begin making websites more accessible. These four basic tips can help developers get started with their accessibility initiatives.

Why Web Accessibility Matters to People with Brain Injuries

March 22, 2018 11:40:00 AM EDT

In this post we highlight the specific ways our world of website accessibility can impact people who have been have had a traumatic brain injury.In particular, people with brain injuries face challenges that businesses and website developers aren’t always conscious of.

Leveraging HTML for Web Accessibility

March 20, 2018 11:45:00 AM EDT

If properly harnessed, HTML can be one of the most powerful accessibility tools for your website, helping to guide users and their assistive devices through your site’s content and structure.

What Website Developers Need to Know About Closed Captions

March 15, 2018 11:36:00 AM EDT

Including closed captions isn’t just advantageous for users with hearing disabilities. Web developers should be aware that close captions can help with WCAG compliance and boost SEO for their clients.

Accessibility Analysis of Banking Industry Websites - 1Q2018

March 14, 2018 1:17:02 PM EDT

The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) identified the top 15 highest-trafficked banks and used their websites to create a benchmark for the overall web accessibility within the banking industry. The assessment was based on the results of an automated scan performed on each bank’s site. The scan, BoIA’s A11Y® Platform, was built to identify issues based on the international standards for testing website accessibility, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 A/AA.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

March 13, 2018 3:17:55 PM EDT

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has designated March as Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Bureau of Internet Accessibility fully supports disability awareness initiatives, including Brain Injury Awareness Month during the month of March. We encourage readers to get involved in whatever ways best suit them.

How Web Accessibility Improves User Experience for Financial Services Companies

March 6, 2018 3:49:14 PM EST

People with disabilities have been traditionally under served by the financial industry. By reaching out to these customers with accessibility initiatives, banks and other financial services companies will help lower barriers while expanding their customer base and accruing some positive PR.

How Credit Unions Respond to ADA Website Accessibility Lawsuits

March 1, 2018 9:56:06 AM EST

Since the ADA does not explicitly address website accessibility, many credit unions are left wondering how the law affects them and how best to proceed. The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) is responding to these recent legal cases by working to clarify existing U.S. legislation and enact new laws to better address the issue of website accessibility.

THE IMPACT OF WEB ACCESSIBILITY ON CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

February 28, 2018 9:22:35 AM EST

February is Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month®, which makes it the perfect time to talk about how important it is for CTE organizations to emphasize web accessibility.

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.

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