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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
New standards built on the EU’s 2016 Web and Mobile Accessibility Directive, go further by not only extending the standards to specifically address mobile apps, but also by making the standards binding for member states.
During a natural disaster, social media and other online platforms must be accessible to effectively inform and advise all people.
The lack of oversight for website accessibility requirements denies rights to people with disabilities and puts companies at risk of litigation. This issue recently returned to the center stage in a case against a well-known franchise that resulted in a judge's unprecedented call to the U.S. Department of Justice to weigh on the breadth of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding web accessibility.
Since 2015, there have been more than 250 federal lawsuits filed in the U.S. against various entities regarding accessibility. This highlights the need to have a clear and comprehensive bill that addresses all aspects of digital accessibility at a federal level.
When implementing inclusive design, one needs to first understand its vast scope and the myriad different industries involved. Despite the best intentions of most professionals working toward these solutions and innovations, it is the policymakers who are so crucial to setting the standards for universal accessibility.
Over the last few years, important progress has been made in ensuring that the majority of the video content available on the internet includes closed captioning features to allow people with hearing difficulties to enjoy a wide range of video programming.
A VPAT, or Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, is a document that allows your company or organization to provide a comprehensive analysis of your conformance to accessibility standards set by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) includes accessibility standards for key areas of everyday life such as customer service,information and communications, employment,built environment, and transportation.
The ACAA formally recognized that it was no longer enough for airlines to accommodate your disability when you arrive at the airport, but they must also ensure that there are no barriers to booking your trip, or navigating the website used to book your voyage.
As individuals are deciding to take a stand and take website accessibility cases to courts, more companies and organizations are going to be forced to reconsider their websites and make the decision to accommodate all people.
From greater social inclusion to legal compliance and an expanded customer base, there are several strong reasons why organizations should invest in making their websites accessible. However, approaching accessibility correctly isn’t as straightforward as it might appear.
Developers who want to expand their user base internationally should understand the process of localization, which means adapting a website for use in other countries or regions.
By not following through on the promised steps toward a more transparent standard for website accessibility, President Trump and the DOJ are unwittingly contributing to the ongoing flurry of website accessibility lawsuits.
It's not just your physical hotel that needs to be disabled traveler friendly if you want to attract guests. You also need to make your website accessible to disabled users by following the WCAG’s recommendations.
ARIA is a specification designed to support accessible web applications.This specification is designed to make web applications, widgets, and web content more accessible to people with disabilities.