You're an advocate for disability rights and digital accessibility and you want to introduce somebody to the reasons for and best practices of accessibility — but where do you even start? Here are seven tips to help you teach someone the importance of accessible websites and apps.
Last year, the biggest 100 US retailers brought in $108 billion in online sales in November and December. But what happens when online retailers leave out the 1-in-4 American adults with a disability? Consider the impact accessibility has on the holiday shopping season and Cyber Monday.
More than just a buzzword, your brand is vital to your success in the digital age. Increasingly, digital accessibility needs to be part of your brand strategy, presenting opportunities to both create accessible experiences and let people know about it.
PDF accessibility is as important as any piece of your digital presence, but sometimes digital documents are overlooked. From tagging to layout to color contrast, these tips can help you improve the accessibility of your PDFs.
New York State is Holding Listening Sessions to Study Accessibility of Ride Sharing for People with Disabilities
Earlier this week, the New York State Transportation Network Company Accessibility Task Force announced it will be holding public listening sessions in November and December. The purpose of these sessions is to study the accessibility of the state's ride sharing services for people with disabilities.
Many people know that we test in accordance with the most well-established digital accessibility standards, which is critical as these provide the rules to help determine the accessibility of a website or app. But how do we test? Here's a peek into our four-point hybrid testing!
It's a common misconception that web accessibility comes at a cost to web developers and marketers with little benefit. Search engine optimization (SEO) best practices and following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) actually overlap. In fact, websites that take web accessibility seriously consistently rank higher than their competition on Google and YouTube.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.