According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a full 25 percent of U.S. adults are living with a disability, which can create large and small complications and difficulties for the people who have them. In some instances, technological developments have made the daily lives of people with disabilities easier than ever before. Here are five ways that people with disabilities can use digital technologies in the world around them.
Amazingly, online videos are still growing and aren’t going away anytime soon. According to Statista, the number of digital video viewers in the United States is currently at around 228 million, with projections at 236 million by 2020. This includes platforms like Netflix and YouTube — the latter of which receives over 72 hours of uploaded video a minute.
How do you know if your website is ADA compliant? As web accessibility lawsuits continue to rise, many organizations are seeking to answer this question sooner than later. As places of public accommodation, websites need to be accessible to people with disabilities — in the same way that physical locations need to be accessible to be in compliance with laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Beyonce's company, Parkwood Entertainment, is being sued over allegations that the singer's official website (Beyonce.com) is not accessible to blind or visually-impaired people and is thus in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Here's what the lawsuit states and what we can learn from it.
Equal access to websites and apps is a civil right — so how do you know if your website is accessible? WCAG 2.1 A/AA is the standard in digital accessibility. Right now you can take advantage of this offer to receive the ultimate beginner's guide to how and why those guidelines apply to your website. Get your copy of the Ultimate Guide to Web Accessibility now.
On the web, we use images everywhere! Images can be an effective way to communicate information. But what happens when we use images of text instead of actual text? This is a design and development practice that’s been around a long time, but usually affects web accessibility negatively.
WAI-ARIA (Web Accessibility Initiative – Accessible Rich Internet Applications), often referred to as ARIA, is a defined technical specification for attributes in the HTML language. The goal of ARIA is to make web content and web applications more accessible to people with disabilities.
There are a number of accessibility tests and exercises you can perform on your own computer right now. One of those is simple: see how content performs when zoomed to 200%. WCAG 1.4.4 Resize Text requires the ability to zoom content to 200% without assistive technology and without loss of content or functionality. Give it a try!
Instagram is now using AI to automatically add alt text to images. As an image and video-focused platform, this is a big accessibility win, as screen readers or other assistive technologies need a text alternative available to know what an image is portraying. Users can also add custom alt text for more accurate descriptions.
Email accessibility is the art of crafting emails that everyone, including people with disabilities, can use. Practicing email accessibility represents a commitment to diversity and inclusion, and has serious impacts on audience reach and ultimately, the bottom line. Here are 10 tips to improve the accessibility of emails.
WCAG 2.1 includes a new guideline for input modalities, helping to ensure that various input methods beyond keyboard input are functional. Read about the four Level A success criteria that support the new Input Modalities guideline.
December 3rd in the global observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. According to the United Nations, the day "aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life."
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.
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.
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.
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.