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International Nurses Day and Web Accessibility

May 18, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

Last Saturday, May 12th saw the celebration of International Nurses Day, which occurs every year on the birthday of history’s most famous nurse, Florence Nightingale. The event is intended to recognize and raise awareness of the contributions that nurses around the world make to society. Improving the accessibility of healthcare websites can go a long way in making nurses more efficient and productive. 

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.

International Children's Book Day and Web Accessibility

April 12, 2018 9:30:00 AM EDT

Nearly every author wants their work to be read by an audience that’s as large as possible — but when it comes to accessibility, this goal goes unmet all too often. 

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.

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.

Leveraging HTML for Web Accessibility

March 20, 2018 11:45:00 AM EDT

If properly harnessed, HTML can be one of the most powerful accessibility tools for your website, helping to guide users and their assistive devices through your site’s content and structure.

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.

How Web Accessibility Improves User Experience for Financial Services Companies

March 6, 2018 3:49:14 PM EST

People with disabilities have been traditionally under served by the financial industry. By reaching out to these customers with accessibility initiatives, banks and other financial services companies will help lower barriers while expanding their customer base and accruing some positive PR.

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.

Braille Literacy Month: Ensure Accessibility for Visually Impaired Users

January 23, 2018 1:50:27 PM EST

Braille isn’t just used for standard reading and writing — it also allows the visually impaired to surf the web and use a smartphone through assistive technology.

How Website Accessibility Increases Your Cyber Monday Sales

November 27, 2017 11:28:24 AM EST

Web accessibility is becoming both a practical and legal necessity for retailers. Cyber Monday is the perfect opportunity for your company to embrace accessibility for the good of your customers — and your sales. 

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month

November 21, 2017 10:07:52 AM EST

National Epilepsy Awareness Month should serve as a reminder to all businesses with an online presence that there are simple steps they can take to make sure their websites offer an accessible experience for the 3.4 million people in the U.S. (and 64 million people worldwide) with epilepsy. With web accessibility lawsuits on the rise, it is time to ensure your website is engaging and safe for users living with epilepsy.

How To Plan Your School’s Website for Accessibility & Avoid Fines

November 16, 2017 11:19:33 AM EST

“Website accessibility” enables people with disabilities to view, understand, navigate, and interact with your website. For school websites, this could be anyone from students and parents to teachers, staff, and community members. By committing to accessibility as a priority for your school’s community, you give everyone the same access and opportunity, thereby expanding the educational experience to a greater number of people.

How to Ensure Your Website is ADA-Compliant: The Top Guidelines to Follow

November 8, 2017 1:08:07 PM EST

Until the ADA is updated to address the special case of website accessibility, or the Department of Justice releases its website accessibility regulations, complying with WCAG 2.0 Level AA is the best way to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to your website. The overview below will tell you everything you need to know about meeting the WCAG 2.0 Level AA recommendations.

What the Dave & Buster’s Lawsuit Means for Website Accessibility

November 7, 2017 11:48:50 AM EST

The plaintiff in the case of Gorecki v. Dave & Buster’s, Inc., Sean Gorecki, is permanently blind and uses screen reader software to access the internet. The defendant’s lawyers argued that the Dave & Buster’s website had already included text to accommodate people using screen readers, redirecting them to an accessible telephone hotline. However, in an October 2017 ruling, the court found that the defendant had not conclusively proven that the hotline text itself was readable by screen readers. 

The Most Common Web Accessibility Issues to Avoid

November 3, 2017 9:31:56 AM EDT

Good news: Coding an ADA-compliant website is achievable with minimal expense and minimal impact on usability or design — if some basic guidelines and strategies are followed. The following list details the best ways to avoid the seven most common web accessibility issues.

What is NDEAM?

October 27, 2017 7:55:16 AM EDT

Observing and celebrating the NDEAM movement is a great way to promote awareness about the challenges and unique benefits of being a disabled employee, and to further foster a sense of community, compassion, and inclusion in your workplace.

Making Your YouTube Channel Accessible to All Users

October 5, 2017 2:27:36 PM EDT

Making your YouTube channel accessible takes time, knowledge, and skill. Even so, it can be surprisingly easy to contribute to accessibility with little changes that will benefit both you and your viewers. Take those small steps to increase your following and do your civic duty one post at a time.

Addressing Problematic Trends in Web Design

August 30, 2017 2:27:31 PM EDT

When implementing inclusive design, one needs to first understand its vast scope and the myriad different industries involved. Despite the best intentions of most professionals working toward these solutions and innovations, it is the policymakers who are so crucial to setting the standards for universal accessibility.

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