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Tips for Making Your Presentations Accessible

November 9, 2018 3:41:48 PM EST

When you give a presentation, you want to convey a memorable and interesting message to as much of your audience as possible. However, people with certain disabilities may experience challenges that make it harder for them to fully understand your talk. Here are some tips to make your next presentation more accessible.

When is the right time to plan for digital accessibility?

November 7, 2018 7:37:39 PM EST

In small companies and large corporations alike, people often ask, “When should we start accounting for digital accessibility?” It’s a hard question that usually has the same, simple answer: as soon as possible.

Improve Mobile Website and App Accessibility

November 5, 2018 12:15:00 PM EST

As people, including people with disabilities, increasingly prefer to perform online activities on a mobile device, the need for improved mobile accessibility is growing everyday. Many of the WCAG guidelines that apply to desktop also apply to mobile, but did you know there are new WCAG 2.1 guidelines specifically for mobile?

National Epilepsy Awareness Month

November 3, 2018 1:54:41 PM EDT

Did you know that an estimated 1-in-26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime? Learn more about one of the most common neurological disorders and spread the word this National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

Section 508 Compliance Testing for Websites

October 31, 2018 5:51:11 PM EDT

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by federal agencies and contractors. Section 508 was added in 1998 to require their electronic and information technology (EIT) be made accessible to both employees and the public.

Quick Guide to Accessible Hyperlinks

October 29, 2018 1:25:00 PM EDT

When hyperlinks are accessible, everyone can easily navigate from one page to another. To improve the accessibility of hyperlinks, make sure they are clear, readable, visually distinct, color contrast compliant, and keyboard accessible.

Free Accessibility Tools and Assistive Technology You Can Use Today

October 26, 2018 11:30:00 AM EDT

Cost has always been a factor affecting access to assistive technology and accessibility tools that can improve people's ability to consume and contribute to the digital world. However, there are many powerful accessibility tools that are available for free. Here are some you can start using today.

Is automated testing enough for accessibility compliance?

October 24, 2018 1:20:00 PM EDT

Automated testing is valuable and should be part of your larger accessibility testing strategy, but it should not be used to replace human testing or prove ADA compliance on its own. While fast and efficient, automated scans can produce false positives and overlook certain issues.

Online Shopping and ADA Compliance: What You Need to Know

October 22, 2018 12:20:00 PM EDT

The holiday shopping season is upon us again. E-commerce sites, just like physical stores, need to be accessible for people with disabilities. Unfortunately, online shopping sometimes poses unique challenges. Expand your audience and help ensure ADA compliance by making your e-commerce site accessible.

Why Your Website Needs Regular ADA Compliance Checks

October 19, 2018 1:40:47 PM EDT

When a company decides to prioritize web accessibility, they've committed to making their website usable for people with disabilities. For companies to maintain that commitment, they need to avoid believing the myth that accessibility is a one-time fix — remaining ADA compliant requires maintenance and regular accessibility checks.

WCAG Success Criteria 3.1.1 and 3.1.2: Language of Page and Parts

October 17, 2018 12:15:00 PM EDT

Screen readers and other assistive technologies must be able to quickly identify the natural human language that content is written in. WCAG checkpoints Language of Page and Language of Parts identify why this is important and how to achieve it so content is understandable to users.

What is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)?

October 15, 2018 1:35:00 PM EDT

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a celebration of the value and talents that people with disabilities bring to the workforce — but it's also a reminder of the challenges and discrimination employees with disabilities sometimes face. Read about NDEAM and get resources to help promote workplace equality.

Web Design and Accessibility: Basics every new designer should know

October 12, 2018 2:36:56 PM EDT

The concepts of accessible web design empower designers to create beautiful and compelling experiences that everyone, including people with disabilities, can use. Here are some of the basics that new designers, or designers new to accessibility, should know.

Digital Accessibility and the Hiring Process

October 10, 2018 2:20:35 PM EDT

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from discriminatory hiring practices from pre-employment through their last day on the job. See how web accessibility applies to the hiring process.

Ten Ways to Plan for Digital Accessibility with Your New Business

October 8, 2018 1:48:00 PM EDT

Every new business needs to understand ADA and web accessibility requirements. Incorporating accessibility into your business plan from the beginning will make the process easier and your website more compliant. Read these 10 tips for proactively planning for digital accessibility.

Common Web Accessibility Myths

October 5, 2018 11:11:00 AM EDT

The accessibility community is collaborative and generous with its content, but there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions out there about accessible websites and the people who use them. These are some of the most common myths and their realities.

Why does the ADA Consider WCAG Compliance a Requirement?

October 3, 2018 12:29:00 PM EDT

The Americans with Disabilities Act provides civil rights protection to people with disabilities, prohibiting discrimination based on disability. WCAG serves as the standard in web accessibility guidelines. So, does the ADA require WCAG compliance?

The Basics and Importance of Color Contrast for Web Accessibility

October 1, 2018 2:05:00 PM EDT

Color contrast is a critical aspect of accessibility. Color contrast refers to the difference in light between text and its background. Make sure your website meets the minimum color contrast ratios to allow as many people as possible to view your content.

ADA and Website Accessibility Compliance: What's New in 2018

September 19, 2018 1:25:05 PM EDT

Published in June 2018, WCAG 2.1 adds to and does not replace WCAG 2.0. Because of this, adhering to WCAG 2.1 means you automatically also adhere to WCAG 2.0, as the existing guidelines and checkpoints remained unchanged.

Back to School: Why Web Accessibility is Important for Education

September 6, 2018 1:48:17 PM EDT

It's back to school time! As an integral part of a fair and appropriate public education (FAPE), web accessibility helps students of all ages and abilities to be able to access online course content, understand video lectures, take quizzes and tests, and use class resources appropriately.

National Immunization Awareness Month and Web Accessibility

August 29, 2018 12:08:04 PM EDT

As the 2018 edition of NIAM draws to a close, and as children and parents prepare for the new school year, it’s the perfect time to look back on why web accessibility is so crucial for healthcare. Nearly 1 in 5 people in the U.S. has a disability, so making your website accessible is imperative to fully serve all of your users.

Why Developers Must Consider Alternate Input Devices for Web Accessibility

August 27, 2018 9:56:53 AM EDT

When developing their websites for accessibility, many organizations focus on assistive technologies for output.  Yet, input devices receive comparatively little attention. A variety of alternate input devices suitable for a variety of different situations are available to computer users with disabilities.

How Screen Magnification Software Makes Web Accessibility Possible

August 21, 2018 9:22:31 AM EDT

When developing websites for people with visual disabilities, it's important to remember that visual disabilities lie on a spectrum.  For users with visual disabilities who can still read text in large print, screen magnification software is a vitally important assistive technology. If organizations want their websites to be truly accessible, sites must be compatible with that software.

How Braille Displays Help Users with Visual Impairments Access the Web

August 16, 2018 11:00:00 AM EDT

Assistive technologies such as refreshable braille displays have enabled computer users with visual impairments to access the internet independently. In order to adequately serve braille readers then, web developers and designers must evaluate the compatibility of their site with refreshable braille displays.

Why Screen Readers Are Essential for Website Accessibility

August 13, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

We’ve discussed screen readers in previous articles here at the Bureau of Internet Accessibility. However, with the June release of the updated Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, WCAG 2.1, it’s the perfect time to look back on what web developers should already know about screen readers, and what you should know moving forward.

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