Lego Unveils Braille Bricks as a Fun Way to Help Kids Learn Braille

May 6, 2019 6:59:53 PM EDT

Less than 10% of blind students today are Braille readers, despite the common misconception that everyone who is blind knows Braille. To combat the Braille literacy crisis, Lego has put the recommendations of two charities into action and is testing the concept of Lego Braille Bricks.

Braille Bricks will aim to help children who are blind or have visual impairments learn Braille while having fun. The Lego Foundation and Lego Group made the announcement on April 24 at the Sustainable Brands Conference in Paris.

History of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

May 6, 2019 9:15:40 AM EDT

This month, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) turned 20 years old. WCAG version 1.0 was published on May 5, 1999 and was a total game-changer for web accessibility. Today, WCAG version 2.1 is cemented as the gold standard in accessibility. So, how did we get here?

Ditch the Fancy Vocabulary for Accessible Language

May 4, 2019 11:58:08 AM EDT

When building a website, many designers and developers adhere to the principle of keeping everything as simple as possible, only as complex as it needs to be. This is usually a good practice for web design itself — but what about the text on your web pages?

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly 6.6 million people in the U.S. have a cognitive disability that affects their memory, concentration, or decision-making. Making the language of your website more accessible is a valuable step in improving the experience for people with disabilities.

National Life Insurance Day Challenge: Make Your Websites Accessible

May 2, 2019 10:11:59 AM EDT

National Life Insurance Day is observed every year on May 2, the anniversary of life insurance becoming available in the United States. This year, let's take the celebration a step further by committing to make life insurance websites and tools accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities.

Why is website accessibility becoming so popular?

May 1, 2019 11:00:49 AM EDT

The concepts that govern web accessibility have been around for a few decades, but in the past few years accessibility has started to pick up steam in public consciousness. So, why now is web accessibility becoming so popular? Here are eight reasons.

Inaccessible School Materials and Parents with Disabilities: What's the impact?

April 26, 2019 9:11:11 AM EDT

Much has been written and discussed about the accessibility of digital materials used in education, and as the concepts of web accessibility become more-commonly understood and applied, there should be more movement in that space in the not-so-distant future. Most people understand why it's critical for a student's success that they have access to the information and materials they need when they need them. What happens, though, when it isn't the student that faces accessibility barriers, but the parent or parents?

Do state and local government websites have to be accessible?

April 25, 2019 11:05:07 AM EDT

It can be tricky to keep track of rapid changes in accessibility perception, laws, and lawsuits, and to understand which laws apply to certain websites. So, do state and local government websites have to be accessible?

What is color contrast?

April 20, 2019 11:27:02 AM EDT

Colors are an essential feature of web design and how they're used is a core consideration of a website's or app's accessibility. A term you may have heard is "color contrast," but if you aren't quite sure what that means, we have you covered.

Why does web accessibility matter for retail businesses?

April 18, 2019 4:00:16 PM EDT

For companies in the retail industry, they should make sure to especially consider whether:

  • Their online presence is tied to a physical location.
  • Their e-commerce functions are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • They are maximizing SEO and website traffic through accessibility.
  • Their emails, social media, and landing pages are also accessible.
  • They are reaching every customer they could or excluding people because of the inaccessibility of their website or app.

Creative Site Design That's Beautiful and Accessible

April 16, 2019 9:10:00 AM EDT

Some people think that creating an accessible website limits design and creativity; however, prioritizing accessibility can inspire beautiful and creative site design. Using color and images thoughtfully, for example, can make your site stand out. Here are 4 tips for creative site design with accessibility in mind.

Valuing Accessibility Should Be Part of Your Company's Corporate Social Responsibility

April 12, 2019 12:12:01 PM EDT

More than ever, companies are striving to innovate workforce and culture. Companies that aim to be diverse and inclusive of people with disabilities take accessibility seriously, and also recognize that accessibility is a civil right.

Have you taken advantage of our on-site accessibility training?

April 11, 2019 2:48:04 PM EDT

Larger groups. Smaller, more intimate sessions. Teleconferences. Designed to meet your needs.

We offer an on-site accessibility training program for organizations that desire to build understanding and self-sufficiency in digital accessibility.

Should you have a separate accessible website?

April 10, 2019 1:29:08 PM EDT

We believe that creating a separate website for people with disabilities is a form of segregation and can be discriminatory, and we advise against it unless there is absolutely no way around it. If you asking if you should have a separate accessible website, please also ask yourself these questions.

6 Unexpected Benefits of Web Accessibility

April 4, 2019 11:36:05 AM EDT

The most obvious benefit of web accessibility is that it helps people with disabilities enjoy your website’s content, products, and services. However, the advantages of web accessibility aren’t limited to their immediate impact for people with disabilities — and some of them may surprise you.

Here are 6 additional benefits of web accessibility for your organization, your employees, and your customers.

5 Quick Ways to Self-check the Accessibility of a Website

April 3, 2019 4:09:44 PM EDT

Ensuring your website is accessible is imperative for business, legal, and practical reasons, but it can be hard to know where to start, especially if technical requirements and testing aren't your strength. Here are some quick ways to check the accessibility of a website.

Checklist for Creating Accessible Videos

April 2, 2019 9:08:00 AM EDT

Creating accessible videos can drastically broaden their reach and usability. Unfortunately an often-overlooked part of video production, accessibility doesn't have to add significant time or cost, especially when considered from the beginning. Everyone benefits from accessible videos. Here are the steps to creating an accessible video.

6 Tips for Browsing the Web with Cognitive Disabilities or If You Have Trouble Understanding Web Content

March 28, 2019 9:20:00 AM EDT

If you experience difficulty with reading, memory, focus, or problem-solving, and that difficulty interferes with your ability to easily consume web content, you're not alone. Whether you identify as having a cognitive disability or have temporary or minor challenges understanding digital information, some of these tips may help you.

We Already Fixed Our Website for Accessibility - Are we done?

March 26, 2019 9:10:00 AM EDT

A common web accessibility myth is that accessibility is a one-time fix. Companies sometimes believe that because their website or app was built to be accessible or, more likely, was tested and fixed in the past, that the task of thinking about accessibility is complete. It isn't. Accessibility requires monitoring and maintenance.

3 Tips for Browsing the Web If You Have Difficulty Using a Mouse

March 23, 2019 11:10:15 AM EDT

Motor disabilities manifest themselves in different ways for each person. Symptoms such as pain, tics, tremors, problems with fine motor skills, and paralysis can change in intensity over time, depending on the disorder. If you have any trouble using a mouse or want to discover options for making web browsing easier, check out these 3 tips.

5 Tips for Browsing the Web without Traditional Keyboard Use

March 22, 2019 12:17:09 PM EDT

As they’ve been designed today, standard input devices such as keyboards and computer mice need a high degree of fine motor control skills. Many people barely give this fact a second thought, but for others it poses an everyday challenge.

Fortunately, traditional keyboards are far from the only way that you can enter text and navigate the web. If you're looking for enhancements you can make so surfing the web is a little easier, please check out and consider these tips.

3 Tips for Easier Web Browsing with Hearing Disabilities

March 21, 2019 9:05:00 AM EDT

From breaking news videos to audiobooks, multimedia content is increasingly important to people’s activities online - and by 2021, 80 percent of the world’s internet traffic will be video. Unfortunately, when that content isn't made to be accessible, much of it could be lost to people with hearing disabilities. If you need or want to make adjustments to your web browsing experience, check out these tips.

New Lookout App from Google Detects Surrounding Items for People with Visual Disabilities

March 15, 2019 11:20:00 AM EDT

Google has announced that its Lookout app, which uses the phone's cameras and sensors to identify objects and text, is now available on Pixel devices in the United States. Lookout uses artificial intelligence (AI) to recognize items and speak them aloud as they're detected.

3 Tips for Easier Web Browsing with Visual Disabilities

March 15, 2019 10:15:00 AM EDT

Laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) require that website content be made accessible to people with disabilities. Unfortunately, most websites don't currently meet those standards — and even when websites do comply with standards like the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), you still may require or prefer modifications to help. If you have trouble seeing or reading the material on websites, there are some actions you can take to improve your experience and make it easier.

This is part one in a five-part series about adjusting your web browsing experience to better-suit your needs.

Free and Fast Accessibility Checks to Start Today

March 14, 2019 9:20:00 AM EDT

Not all web accessibility testing is created equal, and not all of it needs to take a lot of time and money. In fact, you can start to get a sense of the condition of your website almost immediately using some of these tools and methods. Let's get started.

How Do We Perform Accessibility Testing for the Impact of Speech Disabilities?

March 7, 2019 9:05:00 AM EST

This is the fifth and final piece of our series dedicated to sharing a bit of what we look for when testing websites and apps to identify the accessibility barriers people with certain disability types may experience. Take a peek at how we test for the impact of speech disabilities.

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