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Why Web Accessibility is Important to Hospitals

May 17, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

Hospitals may be unintentionally shutting their doors to patients with disabilities by not considering accessibility when designing their websites. In order to adequately care for the 56 million Americans with a disability, hospitals must make web accessibility a priority.

National Women's Health Week and Web Accessibility

May 11, 2018 10:11:51 AM EDT

As more health and medical information moves online, web accessibility will play an increasingly important role in promoting women’s health initiatives such as National Women’s Health Week.

How Web Accessibility Impacts Healthcare

May 8, 2018 11:38:05 AM EDT

Healthcare providers must reassure patients with disabilities that they will be able to get the information they need and receive an equal standard of care. Crucial to this, as the Internet grows ever more important in our daily lives, is web accessibility.

Skin Cancer Awareness and Web Accessibility

May 4, 2018 10:55:59 AM EDT

It is important that people with disabilities have the same access to skin cancer screenings and information, so that they can catch the disease quickly and begin treatment. With the Internet revolutionizing patient care and education, web accessibility plays a crucial role in skin cancer awareness for people with disabilities.

How Web Accessibility Affects Primary Care Practices

May 2, 2018 7:29:00 AM EDT

Instead of conducting business in person, many people with disabilities prefer using the Internet to find information and access services. This means that  primary care practices must invest in web accessibility to better serve patients with disabilities.

Why Language is Important for Web Accessibility

April 26, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

English is widely seen as the de facto language of science, diplomacy, and the Internet. Yet English is by no means the only language used on websites: other languages such as Spanish and Mandarin Chinese each have hundreds of millions of users online. In this article, we’ll discuss why developing websites with language and multilingualism in mind is important for accessibility.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Improving Video Accessibility for State and Local Government Websites

January 18, 2018 11:00:00 AM EST

Increasingly, state and local government websites are leveraging video for a variety of purposes: promoting tourism, issuing storm warnings, updating viewers on new urban development projects, informing citizens how to vote, releasing messages from the mayor’s office, and other important happenings. Being truly inclusive when building your website means that your videos must be accessible to everyone — including people with disabilities.

Web Accessibility and Local Governments: What You Need to Know

January 10, 2018 10:30:00 AM EST

By connecting citizens with their government and providing access to information, the web is one of the most powerful tools of democracy. Unfortunately, far too many local government websites still have one big barrier for many of their users: accessibility.

Start the New Year off with National Glaucoma Awareness Month

January 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM EST

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness. Web accessibility makes the internet easier to use for people dealing with glaucoma and other visual conditions. 

WCAG 2.1: What You Need to Know

January 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM EST

Enter WCAG 2.1: the latest draft version of WCAG, which is currently under revision. Rather than replacing or modifying WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1 is intended to enhance it, filling in some of the gaps left by the previous guidelines. 

BoIA Devotes $100k to Help School Districts with Accessibility

December 21, 2017 10:25:18 AM EST

To help schools navigate web accessibility regulations and to improve the overall accessibility of educational markets for impaired individuals, the Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) is providing in-kind donations of $100,000 in detailed electronic scans of their website and consultation to interpret results and help formulate a remediation strategy for qualified educational institutions.

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